For a 36-year-old pro soccer player who’s about to be out of contract, David Beckham sure has a lot on his plate. The gifted midfielder has enjoyed an incredible career up to now, but there’s so much more he wants to achieve. Beckham is currently playing out his five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS and he’s hoping to win a championship trophy with the club this season before it expires.
To do that though, the Galaxy will have to get past Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Final on Nov. 6 to advance to the MLS Cup. The Galaxy were the top team in the league this season, but unlike most soccer leagues, the MLS has a playoff system to determine the league champions at the end of the regular season.
Beckham hasn’t made up his mind yet what he’s going to do when his MLS season and contract is over, but he doesn’t have much time to make up his mind. French club Paris St Germain is interested in his services as are Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur, both London-based English Premier League teams. Also, the Galaxy are hoping he signs one more year with them.
But even if Beckham decides to stay in LA for another season it’s a good bet that he’ll head over to Europe to play this winter. The main reason for this is because he also wants to play for Great Britain in next summer’s Olympic Games in London and is also hoping to represent England again in the future.
The former England captain will be a sentimental favourite to play in the Olympics and with the European Championships (Euro 2012) taking place next summer as well and the fact the Olympic soccer teams can only name three players over the age of 23 to their squads, he should be invited. Great Britain’s Olympic soccer coach Stuart Pearce said he’s only going to take players who are in shape and in good form and Beckham easily meets those requirements.
He’s been playing some of the best soccer of career this season and doesn’t really show any signs of slowing down. He said it would be a dream come true to play in the Olympics and he’ll be honoured if selected. He added that he feels great, still loves playing, and isn’t planning on retiring anytime soon, but is concentrating on winning the MLS Cup before deciding who to sign his next contract with.
The former captain of England feels he can keep on playing at a high level and will know when it’s time to hang up his boots, but it isn’t yet. In fact, he also wants to play for his country again before his career’s over and is hoping for a recall to the national squad. He last played for England in October 2009 against Belarus. It looked like he was going to earn a spot on England’s World Cup squad for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, but then suffered a torn Achilles heel and had to sit it out.
He’s played 115 times for his country and would like to add to that number since he hasn’t retired from international soccer. He said he’ll never turn his back on his country if selected and believes he’ll suit up for England again before calling it quits. When that time comes, Beckham said he’d consider buying an MLS franchise to help keep the sport growing in the USA.