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Becks Feeling the Pressure

Notwithstanding the $250 million he may earn over five years as a part of Major League Soccer, you could forgive David Beckham (perhaps) for feeling a bit of pressure over his forthcoming move. The former England captain insists he's not expecting the kind of soccer revolution in America that would make the sport more popular than baseball, basketball or American football. "I'm not silly enough to think that soccer is going to be as big," Beckham said. "But if I can help in some way bringing the kids through in the U.S., then I will have achieved what I want to have achieved."

As for the standard of play, Beckham said MLS is a lot better than most Europeans think: "I don't think it's going to be that easy ... Just because there's not much coverage of the MLS in Europe, I don't think the standards are as low as some people have been saying." Because it's such a physical league, Becks added that he wanted to take on the challenge at the age he is now (he'll be 32 when he makes his Galaxy debut), rather than waiting a few more years.

As we all know, Becks is coming to be the spokesman of soccer in America, a big job with a lot of pressure where many have failed before. We can only hope that the media coverage generated by his move to Los Angeles along with his superstar wife, Victoria, will be better for MLS than the celebrity tabloids. Actually, if it's good for both, then who cares?

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