MLS chief insists David Beckham will return to LA Galaxy after the World Cup

02 March 2010 08:02
David Beckham will return to play in the USA after the World Cup, the head of Major League Soccer has insisted.

Don Garber, commissioner of MLS, said Beckham's move to the Los Angeles Galaxy has been hugely successful and that contrary to some reports the England midfielder would return to the USA.

Garber told Press Association Sport: 'David will be back after the World Cup, no doubt about that.

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'He has been a success. There are always going to be people,particularly in England, that look at everything and don't see thepositives.

'Our league is on the map globally, he's one of the most popularpeople on the planet and he plays in Major League Soccer for LosAngeles Galaxy.

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'That in itself has shown the world we are serious in that we have one of the great international players is in our league.

'Have there been challenges with him going back and forth?Absolutely, but sometimes that kind of buzz is good. Football is aphenomenon in the United States now.'

Garber is hoping that the Beckham factor will increase interest in England's opening match of the World Cup against the USA.

He added: 'I think it's important that England has a good World Cup - except for the first match!

'It will be one of the most popular sports events in America forquite some time. ESPN is going to promote it more than any other eventin their history, it's a rematch of the 1950 World Cup match which wesurprisingly won.

'It's Beckham v Landon Donovan (a Galaxy team-mate) and that couldbe a great story. I hope David Beckham plays and he's certainly beenspending a lot of time in Milan to give him the best chance of playing.'

Garber also insists he is confident that the ongoing dispute betweenthe MLS and the players will be resolved. The MLS controls all salariesand movement of players between the 16 clubs and the players arecalling for more freedom.

Garber said: 'I wouldn't say there are issues. Years ago there wasnothing to fight about in MLS, teams were struggling and it was hard tosee a bright economic future.

'Now there's more stability - though the league is still running ata deficit - and the players are looking for more money and to havebetter working conditions.

'We'll get through it, we'll find a system that works for us and the players.'

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