So David Beckham is leaving LA Galaxy. His final swansong is planned to be leading the side to a second successive MLS Cup triumph becoming only the third team to do so after DC United and their opponents on the 1st December Houston Dynamo.
Tails have been wagging about potential moves for Beckham with a long list of destinations already being mooted. London, Makhachkala, Melbourne, Sydney, Paris, Sao Paolo, Milan, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro are all cities where Becks might pop up next.
That may be so for the immediate future as it appears he feels a move away from the MLS is his next logical move, but the city where he may just end up further down the line has to be New York.
When Beckham arrived in LA he was dubbed the new Pele for his latest attempt at boosting the profile of soccer across the pond. While he has undoubtedly helped many American experts believe that soccer was already on the cusp of a major breakthrough stateside. Did he help give it that final push? Maybe but that is neither here nor there the point is could Beckham follow in the direct footsteps of his illustrious Brazilian predecessor and become the flagship signing for the New York Cosmos.
The Cosmos are of course a legend in American soccer folklore from the days of the NASL in the 70’s. Now reformed and ready to enter the newly formed NASL next season the club is believed to be the frontrunners to become the MLS’s next soccer franchise. Pele is honorary president and Eric Cantona is director of football while the club also employ Cobi Jones and former Millwall striker Giovanni Savarese as part of the coaching staff so have already adopted a very productive structure in the hierarchy of the club.
The MLS is keen to have its 20th franchise based in New York. While Thierry Henry’s Red Bulls are already assigned to the area they play their fixtures in New Jersey and the league is keen on having a team based in the City itself. With the prestige and heritage the Cosmos brand brings there is little wonder the preferred option from most parties is to see them back at the forefront of American soccer once again.
The MLS is reportedly ready to build a built-for-purpose soccer stadium in Queens and then auction off the site as part of a franchise fee believed to be in the region of $100 million dollars. Without major investment it is hard to see another set of bidders ready to do battle with the reportedly wealthy Cosmos side.
The earliest point of entry has been quoted as 2014; with 2015 a far more likely estimation and you will be sure that the side will want a huge marquee designated player to set pulses racing like Pele once did.
Beckham himself said he did not see his journey with the MLS at an end:
“I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with Major League Soccer as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future.”
Considering his remarkable wealth there is little doubt he could become involved in some way with the Cosmos on both a footballing level and business level with the combination of two of the most iconic brands in world football creating a sensation like nothing ever seen before; perhaps even bigger then Pele’s original New York landing.
Papers have reported in the past that the Beckham’s could be persuaded to move to New York in particular reference to Victoria’s fashion industry interests and they are both happy in the US as there is less intrusion from the paparazzi compared to the over amorous flickers here in the UK.
The likelihood remains that if he ever does one day arrive at the Cosmos his career would have possibly passed him by. However he has previously stated he could see himself playing into his 40’s so do not discount the possibility of Beckham being handed the number ‘23’ for the New York Cosmos in the coming years.
Where will Beckham go now? Would you like to one day see him play for or even coach the Cosmos?
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