Whither BeckhamBy: DAS | February 8th, 2011
I think Posh said it best in Spice World, “When you know exactly what is supposed to be happening, would somebody please let me know?”
Beckham today extended his training stint with Tottenham until the end of February, instead of joining the Galaxy now for pre-season training. Ever inclined to see the bright side, I hope that Tottenham simply have a very good training program and he wants to be more prepared to play for the Galaxy. But the creeping cynic in me says it looks like a lack of commitment to the team and denies him and his teammates a couple of weeks in which they could be learning to play together and working out their midfield puzzle.
Beckham remains one of the best players in the league. His long, bombing, pinpoint passes are unrivaled. His curling free kicks remain the stuff of legend. In all this time, this will be the first year he seems poised to play a full season with a credible team and coaching staff surrounding him. It really could be the breakthrough year. And frankly, if after 5 years with Beckham the Galaxy fail to win the MLS cup his stint in out league will be seen as little more than an outright failure on the field.
I’m left to wonder, how badly does he want it? I was at the Dallas playoff game. I saw as Beckham lingered on the field, the only Galaxy player to watch their opponents get the conference trophy. I didn’t see anger on his face. I saw desire. I saw a man who wanted to be where his opponents were standing. But does he really have the drive and the character to help lift this team to the MLS Cup? Though it’s far from definitive, two more weeks in London certainly doesn’t help me to think he does.
I remain positive. I believe he can make a difference. I believe he can come late to the pre-season and still bring it. I believe the Galaxy have the tools needed to go all the way this time. I believe Beckham badly wants that to happen. Do you?