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Beckham Returns Fashionably Late

beckhamHave you seen David Beckham lately? Besides the poster of him in your girlfriend’s room, probably not. The former England Captain and Manchester United star just returned to his MLS team, LA Galaxy, after his short three month stint with Real Madrid. Some players possessed hard feelings after Beckham’s initial departure for Real Madrid, but his return has acted as a catalyst for the Galaxy offense. Beckham and Donovan reunited in a stylish manner as the Los Angeles Galaxy notched 3 goals in the first half of Thursday’s game.  They defeated the New York Red Bulls 3-1, and the players welcomed the return of Beckham, killing any beef that once existed.

Why play in the MLS when you can play for Real Madrid?  Beckham joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, signing one of the biggest contracts in history. Beckham’s contract was worth $250 million dollars for 5 years, salary plus commercial endorsements. At the age of 31, he was earning $1million dollars a week playing in an inferior league where he was guaranteed playing time, plenty of media attention, and served as an icon for American soccer.

David Beckham’s priorities and commitments have been challenged by the media since his shaky return this summer. Despite being a member of the LA Galaxy, Real Madrid, and the England national team, he has remained poised. However, he has made it clear that his main objective at this point of his career is it to stay a part of the 2010 England World Cup squad.