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Beckham's marketability has worked wonders for MLS

LA Galaxy star David Beckham has been a hit for MLS since arriving in 2007. The England international has had his fair share of criticism, mainly in recent times for on-field incidents, but it is hard to deny the way in which he has put soccer in the USA on the map.

Toronto FC veteran Nick Garcia believes the move to get the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid star to the league was an important one.

"I think the guys in the (league) front office in New York were smart about the whole Beckham package and what he was bringing," said Garcia.

"It isn't only his soccer ability, it's his marketability and the viewership he brings."

Garcia's teammate Dwayne De Rosario believes the focus Beckham brought to the league has helped players increase their wages.

"Obviously, due to the low-paying salaries, a lot of people look down on MLS," said De Rosario, who at $425,750 is TFC's highest-paid player behind newly signed "designated player" Julian de Guzman.

"He's brought the attention and shown there's talent here."

Despite the fact Beckham is keen to return to Europe, there is no doubting the fact he has made a positive impact on the game in North America.

Andrew Slevison
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