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Beckham and MLS: What Publicity Stunt?
The Gazette, May 29th, 2007 3:30PM

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Becks is being brought to America's shores to ensure that those soccer-lovers who've turned up their noses at Major League Soccer, stop and smell the roses over here. On-field, the product is getting better and better, and given his recent form, it will be much better once David Beckham arrives.

Indeed, "the best thing about Beckham's imminent arrival," David Ramsay of the Colorado Springs Gazette says, is that "it no longer smacks of a publicity stunt." That's right, soccer-wise, the last four months couldn't have gone any better for Major League Soccer's main man. Beckham was publicly dropped first by England and then by Real Madrid after his MLS announcement, but Coach Fabio Capello was forced to recall the 32-year-old midfielder in a last-ditch effort to save his job. Beckham scored the very goal that set the ball rolling. Since his recall, Real has won 10 games, drawn four and lost just one, taking top spot from two-time defending champion Barcelona thanks to its superior head-to-head record.

The icing on the cake, of course, has been Beckham's recall to England. Here's another situation where a coach (Steve McClaren) has been forced to recall Beckham to bail him out. England has been awful in Euro 2008 qualifying, badly in need of some quality service to the likes of Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard. Indeed, given his recent form, Becks could go on to play a crucial role in England's bid for 2008, in spite of claims of his so-called "semi-retirement" in the U.S.

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