There have been warmer welcomes back for star players before, but when David Beckham gets set to make his mid-season debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 16th against the New York Red Bulls, he may have to patch up some things with some opponents in his own locker room first. U.S. star player and LA Galaxy team leader Landon Donovan colorfully expresses his frustrations with Becks in the new anti-Beckham book authored by Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl, The Beckham Experiment . The contraversal book is set to release July 14th (just two days before Beckham’s return).
Donovan’s main area of criticism of Becks seems to be on the obvious issue of the British star’s lack of interest or commitment to LA Galaxy soccer. Donovan states in the book, “Maybe he’s not a leader, maybe he’s not a captain. Fair enough. But at a minimum, you should bust your a** every day. That hasn’t happened. And I don’t think that’s too much for us to expect. Especially when he’s brought all this on us.”
Donovan continues his scathing attack on the star player’s character and it appears he feels that Beckham’s transfer to AC Milan earlier this year is a sign of his lack of dedication to American soccer. Donovan states, “My sense is that David’s clearly frustrated, that he’s unhappy and, honestly, that he thinks it’s a joke. I also kind of feel (he has taken the team) for granted. I don’t see dedication or commitment to this team, and that’s troubling.”
It seems that the Donovan-Beckham feud has hit a whole new melodramatic level and, who knows, the front office may soon be forced into some unexpected squad adjustments in the near future. Donovan certainly does not believe their will be longevity. The U.S. player thoughts on the duo’s future together with the Galaxy, “Let’s say he does stay here for three more years. I’m not going to spend the next three years of my life doing it this way. This is f****** miserable. I don’t want to have soccer be this way.”
So in other words….
Welcome Back David Beckham!