I know this isn’t US Soccer related, but I find this situation pretty annoying. David Beckham abandoned his team for half a season. Instead of admitting he did so in order to achieve his personal goals, he tried to deflect heat by claiming all other players in his situation would have chosen the same path. Then he blamed Capello for telling him he had to do it. Now he has explicitly stated that he intends to do it again next year. What a joker.
The LA Riot Squad were completely right to paint this guy as a villain. While it wrong of one of the hecklers to jump out of the stands, it was even worse for a player–especially one who claims to be the consummate professional–to call him out, especially during a game. The league has lost a lot of credibility for not issuing a ban and fine for the incident. You cannot tell me that they wouldn’t have taken action if Alan Gordon were the player in question.
Perhaps Donovan was wrong to speak so openly to Wahl about his teammate, but Becks has exhausted any drop of sympathy he miraculously elicited on his return to LA. Trying to play for one’s national team is no crime. Seeking out top-level soccer isn’t, either. But Beckham’s claims of commitment to LA, its fans, and the growth of soccer in America are quite simply lies. For that, Beckham doesn’t deserve any good will–he deserves every taunt Galaxy fans are willing to dish out.