Beck­ham short­listed for US Hall of Fame

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Former Eng­land cap­tain David Beck­ham, who won two Ma­jor League Soc­cer ti­tles with the Los An­ge­les Galaxy, was among the first-time can­di­dates named on the bal­lot for the US Na­tional Soc­cer Hall of Fame on Wed­nes­day.

The 42-year-old former Manch­ester United and Real Madrid mid­fielder played six sea­sons in MLS, all of them for the Galaxy, and helped his team to win cham­pi­onships in the last two of those sea­sons, 2011 and 2012.

His ar­rival in Los An­ge­les in 2007 put MLS on the map and brought a level of le­git­i­macy and vis­i­bil­ity that oth­er­wise may have taken the North Amer­i­can league decades to reach.

Beck­ham, who is cur­rently try­ing to get his pro­posed MLS fran­chise off the ground in Mi­ami, met the Hall of Fame’s el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria given his sea­sons in MLS, dur­ing which he scored 18 goals in 98 games.

The vot­ing pool in­cludes past and pre­sent men’s and women’s US na­tional team coaches, ac­tive MLS and Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League man­age­ment, US Soc­cer lead­er­ship, Hall of Famers and me­dia mem­bers.

The Na­tional Soc­cer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, New York, lo­ca­tion in 2010 with a new fa­cil­ity in Texas ex­pected to open next year. Reuters

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