Thursday Kicks: Brand Beckham heading to China?

  • You didn’t believe that claim by David Beckham he was in search of one last soccer challenge after leaving the Galaxy did you? Let’s face it, if he goes to China as rumored until the end of the season his biggest challenge will be selling enough replica jerseys regardless of what he does on the field.
  • In more modest transfer news, another former Galaxy midfielder has rejoined a former club.
  • Meanwhile, a slice of U.S. soccer history plays out on live on television this weekend, when for the first time ever Fox (the main network, not the soccer channel) airs a 9 a.m. Saturday third round FA Cup tie between Manchester United and West Ham United. From Fox: Over the last two seasons, FOX Sports has aired a combination of nine live and encore world-class matches from the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League in the U.S, averaging 1.5 million viewers each. The match on Jan. 5 marks the sixth time Manchester United and its star-studded offense, anchored by Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, have played on FOX in the last two years. Throughout the 2012-13 season, FOX Soccer and its premium network, FOX Soccer Plus, are home to more than 50 FA Cup matches as the exclusive U.S. rights holders.
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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Most of us forget that Beckham’s move to the Galaxy was less about soccer and more about personal marketing, from his handlers’ point of view. Also, I think China is a fallback position for Beckham because he hasn’t gotten the kind of serious offers he thought he’d get. PSG would have been perfect for him; he really doesn’t need China. That would be MLS all over again; inferior competition and organization than he’s accustomed to, plus more travel taking its toll on his body and, topping it all off, adjusting to a radically different culture. Think about it: Why would Beckham consider China if he turned down Australia?