The biggest MLS story heading into this weekend isn’t the playoff race, which it should be, or even the Red Bulls drug fiasco, which has already become yesterday’s news. The David Beckham/AC Milan loan move has become an international story that has turned just a bit messy as the Los Angeles Galaxy is left protesting a potential loan move that has little, if any, value for the club.
I offered up my take on the Beckham loan saga for ESPN.com today and it boils down to me not really seeing the value in the move for the Galaxy. I think it could definitely help Beckham, and I think a younger player could benefit from a similar situation if they were going to a club they were going to get some playing time for, but to have Beckham basically go to Italy for three to four months to sell Milan jerseys and maybe get some minutes for Milan doesn’t sound like it helps the Galaxy all that much.
You also have the case of the Galaxy being a team in terrible shape and likely headed for a thorough rebuilding process. Not having the team’s captain around for any of the pre-season wouldn’t exactly help that team-building cause.
Give the story a read and feel free to share your thoughts on the Beckham loan saga in the comments section below.