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1/11/07

Bend It Like Beckham: Soccer Star To Play For L.A.

International soccer star David Beckham is expected to sign with a U.S. Major League Soccer team. International soccer star David Beckham is expected to sign with a U.S. Major League Soccer team.
International soccer superstar David Beckham will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season to join the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, his spokesman said today.

"I've played now for two of the biggest clubs in the world. I've played at the highest level for 15 years, and now I think I need another challenge," Beckham said.

The announcement has the sports world buzzing.

"David Beckham coming to the United States is ... [like] Tiger Woods meeting Brad Pitt on the red carpet," said USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan. "This transcends sports. This is a big, big deal."

Outside the United States, Beckham is not only the world's biggest sports star, but also a certified sex symbol. His moves off the field are followed just as closely as his moves on the field.

He is married to former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham, and the couple is a favorite target of the British paparazzi.

And companies know that. He's received $20 million a year to push Pepsi and Adidas, and his Adidas cleats fetch $450 a pair.

In the United States, he's not a household name - at least not yet.

But media watchers are gambling that a lot more Americans will know him very soon.

"All that fame and fortune that he's amassed, which is already the world's largest snowball, is going to be rolling down the hill in the United States gathering momentum," Brennan said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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