Major League Soccer is a secret to many Americans. David Beckham is not a secret. The league badly needs Beckham and his Los Angeles Galaxy to grow into a dominating, winning team.
And that’s not happening. The Galaxy lead the MLS in scoring with 14 goals. Alas, the Galaxy also lead the MLS in goals allowed with 15. Beckham and sidekick Landon Donovan are playing superb soccer, but the team is lopsided, blessed with a powerful offense and cursed by a befuddled defense. The Galaxy is sadly mediocre with two wins, three losses and two draws.
The MLS offers decent if not dazzling soccer. Teams are filled with promising American stars along with fading international players.
Beckham, if his teammates will awaken, could push the Galaxy and the MLS to a higher place. No, he won’t convert the masses to the wonders of soccer, but he could persuade a few million Americans to take a look at the world’s most-popular game.