David Beckham: Why MLS Will Attract More International Stars Now That He’s Left

David Beckham was the first big-name, international star MLS was able to attract. But he won’t be the last.

For some, Beckham represents the pinnacle—the brightest star MLS will ever be able to land. 

They are wrong.

MLS still possesses the infrastructure, talent and credibility to attract more international stars in the not-so-distant future.

True, Beckham played a role in MLS’ recent growth—namely the change in salary cap restrictions and an immediate spike in MLS attendance.

But Beckham was not the be-all and end-all to the development of soccer in the United States.

The game has seen a rise in popularity since the United States hosted the World Cup in 1994. America transformed from a soccer-illiterate nation to one that pays $250 million for the rights to broadcast the English Premier League.

Recent polls show that that popularity will...

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