Galaxy Stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka.
As the Galaxy’s recent MLS triumph fades to an Icelandic data bank, it’s as if a preordained horoscope of events played out. There was a sense for much of the season that only a self imposed Mercury retrograde destruction – a David vs Donovan tryst – would deny them victory on the Home Depot sponsored home soil. The Galaxy after all had secured a triptych of US soccer marketing genius; Beckham, Donovan and later Keane. Heralded as Major League’s very own Galácticos, the brightest lights in Don Garber’s universe.
Each of the trio offered assured displays in their respective role. The homegrown boy/primordial man, expensive luxury import and Ireland’s Captain – a messenger to the EPL’s US audience; that footballers on an upward sloping yield curve* could indeed be wooed to the Major League. Though of course it was Beckham’s swansong that dominated the news, and his mission to end a 5 year MLS stint in adorned Hollywood style. The 1-0 championship win over Houston Dynamo seemingly drew the curtain on an LA adventure in true fairytale style, and Posh’s fashion line trended for a season too.
So, now attention turns to Beck’s next mission for global dominance. The 2012 Olympics and GB “dream team” is less than 10 months away. With Beck’s keen to stake a place in the team, exactly where he’ll cash in the chips next season has generated much digital conjecture. Will he be In and Out of London or Paris; QPR or PSG? Either way, we do know that Beckham’s contractual option allowing him to take control of an MLS franchise (no matter the stated fine print, or the outcome of the Wilpon case by trustees representing Madoff investors**) means that, the planetary pull of another Cosmos won’t be too far away.
* Past Performance Is No Indication Of Future Results.
** Past Performance Is No Indication Of Future Results.
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