The CBS program "60 Minutes" is set to reveal that David Beckham and his manager Simon Fuller have the option to buy the Los Angeles Galaxy when the midfielder's contract expires after the 2011 season, according to the Associated Press. Beckham will be the subject of one of the news show's profiles, scheduled to air this Sunday.
Neither MLS nor the Beckham camp had much to say following the AP report. "We don't comment on rumor or speculation," Beckham spokesperson Simon Oliveira told the news agency. "David's focus at present is on playing for the Galaxy and his country." MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche added, "Our policy is we don't comment on potential owners of Major League Soccer teams. Ultimately, if individuals or groups are interested in purchasing a Major League Soccer team, it's their option whether or not they want to express it publicly. We're a private company, and those matters remain private."
Beckham joined the Galaxy last season on a five-year deal worth $5.5 million annually, plus a share of ticket, merchandise and concession sales. Due to injury, the 32-year-old only featured in eight games last season, scoring one goal and adding three assists in four starts. The former England captain is almost certain to make his 100th international appearance for his country in next Wednesday's friendly against France. Beckham will have to fly back for the Galaxy's season opener at Colorado three days later.