CARSON, Calif. – Like Wayne Gretzky before him, David Beckham's arrival in America came with the baggage of selling to an audience a product it mostly didn't want. And now the clock starts on finding out if he succeeded.
Beckham will play his final game in Major League Soccer on Saturday, a contest against the Houston Dynamo that just happens to be for the MLS Cup. Mentioning the championship game is this weekend has to be noted because six years after Beckham joined the L.A. Galaxy, much of America still doesn't care about the MLS.
That's not a dig. It's reality. And Beckham and the league know it.
But the other reality is that Beckham's time here was never going to have a microwave effect on Americans' interest in soccer – fast-baking it to be served up in 30 seconds. Like trying to forge peace in the Middle East, it seems the effort to convince America to like soccer has been going on since forever.
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