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Beckham Bends Best Of Both Worlds

March 9, 2009: The Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan have finalized a deal that would allow international star David Beckham to remain on loan through the end of the current soccer season in Italy and then return to the U.S. in July to play out the MLS season. The arrangement, which was completed over the weekend after weeks of negotiations, is how Beckham wanted it played out. He now remains in Europe and continues to be on call for England's National Team in its quest to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, then gets to return to the U.S. on his terms, albeit with a fan and marketing response that would be different from his arrival here in two years ago. According to a statement from Beckham, "I've been able to help myself stay in Milan. It's never been about the money for me. It's always been about the football and my passion for football." Beckham will miss more than half of the MLS season, and his return could be a moot point if the Galaxy already are out of playoff contention. The schedule is for him to play his first game on July 16 in New York against the Red Bulls. His first game in Los Angeles would be an exhibition on July 19 against AC Milan, which was arranged as part of the deal. Back to Home Page



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