Looks like old Golden Balls is going to be taking his talents to South Beach (which, incidentally, is the best potential name I've heard for the team in "South Beach SC" courtesy of Aaron Stollar on Twitter). This is going to be very interesting to say the least.
I can't say I don't hate Beckham because of his entitled attitude on the pitch while with the Galaxy and refs' constant deferrals to him. I watched him scissor-tackle Dejan Jakovic from behind and get no more than a polite chuckle from the ref, who probably also asked for his autograph. But I also can't say I hate him because he really helped catapault MLS to a larger global audience. I'm hoping that's what happens with TBA SC, and that the global attention isn't focused on the tremendous flop that some people hope this is going to be. For whatever feelings I have about Miami and Becks, it would be bad for a rapidly expanding and healthy league to have a team fail the way lots of folks are hoping it will.
I'm also heartened by Becks' expressed desire to create a robust and thriving academy, as that's something that my favorite team (D.C. United) and other teams have jumped on and used to effectiveness in the last few years, but that many are still lagging behind on. The SuperDraft, MLS' college player acquisition system, is only going to be so effective for so long. By committing to having a solid academy presence, TBA SC is on its way to joining the future of MLS. MLS 3.0?
Anyway, for those of you who follow MLS or don't, thoughts?