MLS: Beckham decision to be based only on football

Major League Soccer says the Los Angeles Galaxy will make the

decision on whether to attempt to re-sign David Beckham based on

football ability and not his celebrity status.

MLS President Mark Abbott said ”there have been so many

benefits” to the league’s having acquired Beckham. He is in the

final season of a five-year, $32.5 million contract.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder turns 36

next month, and has been criticized for leaving the Galaxy twice on

loan to AC Milan. He missed most of the 2010 season after tearing

an Achilles’ tendon while playing in Italy.

Beckham will travel next week to London for the royal wedding on

April 29. The Galaxy play at Dallas on May 1, but Abbott said the

league doesn’t have an issue with his schedule.