Will 2009 be Beckham's last MLS hurrah?

Will 2009 be Beckham's last MLS hurrah?

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Will 2009 be Beckham's last MLS hurrah?

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Just when you thought David Beckham would stick around Major League Soccer through the 2011 season, now comes word that the upcoming MLS season could be his last.

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl is reporting that Beckham’s five-year contract has an escape clause that would allow him to walk away after the 2009 season.

That development is certainly big news and suddenly makes the 2009 season an even more important one for a Galaxy club that most certainly has to turn things around or risk losing Beckham altogether.

To be fair, absolutely nobody should be surprised by this development. If you thought Beckham signed a five-year contract with MLS, and it didn’t have an out clause, you had to be kidding yourselves. The question is just what will be the determining factors to Beckham staying beyond 2009? Winning an MLS Cup title? Making the playoffs?

Here is one question I can’t help but ask. Will Beckham’s contract status make the Galaxy work that much harder to keep Landon Donovan despite Donovan’s strong desire to go to Europe? Could Beckham’s presence in Los Angeles ultimately prevent Donovan from making the move? Could this lead to a strained relationship between the two stars?

What do you think of this development? Do you see Beckham leaving the Galaxy after 2009? Share your thoughts below.

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