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Your! Call: Who should MLS target to replace Beckham?

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TSN.ca Staff
12/2/2012 4:07:45 PM
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The David Beckham era in Major League Soccer began with a high profile announcement on January 11th, 2007 that he would be joining the Los Angeles Galaxy and ended on December 1st, 2012 with the English soccer superstar leading his team to its second consecutive MLS Cup Championship.

During his time in the league, Beckham brought a level of exposure to North America's biggest soccer league that it had not seen before his arrival.

With his departure, there is void left behind in the position of the league's highest profile and most marketable player.  The question is, does Major League Soccer need another headline-grabbing player from overseas and if so, who should that player be?

Should a league that has grown in number of teams from 12 to 19 since 2006 be looking for more of a poster child, a player who brings name recognition even if his on-field play is not what it was at the peak of his powers?

Or should they concentrate on signing a young star who can produce on the field, even if his name value is not yet enough to produce headlines?

There have been rumours of some of the players that could next be targeted by the league, including current Chelsea star Frank Lampard, who is 35-years-old and will be a free agent at the end of the current Premier League season.

Should they target a player like 30-year-old Brazilian superstar Kaka, who currently plays for Real Madrid but has been quoted as saying that his dream is to live and play in the United States?

Beckham's influence on the MLS was seen not only in the number of teams joining the league but also in the venues they call home. Since his arrival, 13 of the 19 teams now play in soccer-specific stadiums, which is up from five before he first kicked a ball competitively in North America.

The global reach of the game was also greatly impacted during Beckham's time in Los Angeles, which can be seen in the fact that the 2012 MLS Cup was broadcast in 157 countries.

Should Major League Soccer attempt to sign another David Beckham level star and if so, who should that player be? It's Your! Call.

David Beckham (Photo: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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