Has David Beckham Improved the State of Soccer in the U.S.?

David Beckham was brought to Major League Soccer in 2007 to be an ambassador for the sport in the United States.

With his worldwide following, the Englishman was supposed to increase the popularity of the league both domestically and internationally as well as bring tons of success to his club—the Los Angeles Galaxy—and make them into the Real Madrid of North America.

But now, with Beckham about to finish his five-year deal with the LA Galaxy, has his presence in Major League Soccer helped change the league how everyone imagined?

Not necessarily.

There is no denying that MLS has grown into a better league during the five-year stint of David Beckham, but it didn’t grow or improve directly because of his arrival.

Sure, the extra publicity was nice for the league early on—it seemed like MLS was receiving Hollywood-style coverage in the media—but that quickly dissipated.

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