The LA Galaxy officially confirmed what had been rumored for a while. Before their home opener of the 2019 MLS campaign on March 2, the Galaxy will unveil a statue of David Beckham.
Beckham will be the first Galaxy and MLS player to have a statue erected by their former team. Beckham will also be inducted into the Galaxy Ring of Honor which includes Cobi Jones, Mauricio Cienfuegos, and the late general manager Doug Hamilton.
Beckham had this to say of the honor:
“The LA Galaxy are a very special club to me, so to receive this honour is incredible and very humbling…”
Galaxy President Chris Klein put out a statement on behalf of the team:
“We greatly look forward to honoring one of the most influential players in LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer history,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “David helped transform this league and the sport in the United States. He has played an important role in making the LA Galaxy the league’s most iconic brand and most successful club. This honor is well deserved. David will forever be a part of the fabric of Major League Soccer and the LA Galaxy.”
The ceremony will be open to the public and is truly an honor for the man who placed the LA Galaxy and MLS on the map in the world of global soccer.
When he signed with the Galaxy in 2007, Beckham arguably the most popular player in the world shined a spotlight that neither the Galaxy or MLS had experienced.
In his five years with the team Beckham played 98 games scoring 18 goals and contributing 40 assists while helping the team win two MLS Cups and reaching three championship games.
Those were great contributions and perhaps Beckham deserves the honor of being in the Ring of Honor, but frankly this honor seems misplaced.
Though the end of his tenure ended with great success, the beginning of Beckham’s campaign with the Galaxy was very rocky. Despite a financial uptick for the team owners and league, Beckham’s play on the field did little to help the team.
The Galaxy missed the playoffs in Beckham’s first two seasons with the team, he suffered injuries limiting his time with the club and instead of resting the injuries during the off-season Beckham took extended loan transfers with Italian giant AC Milan in hopes of making his fourth World Cup team in 2010 with the English National Team.
Beckham’s flirtation with AC Milan meant that Beckham would miss time in the early part of the MLS season angering Galaxy fans who confronted Beckham by throwing dollar bills at him on the pitch.
Few remember these incidents because once Beckham fully committed to the Galaxy and other better players such as Robbie Keane came into the fold the Galaxy turned into a juggernaut.
Regardless if Beckham is truly deserving, the Galaxy have made their decision, but hopefully the next time they bestow the honor they choose a player who truly committed to the Galaxy.