Don Garber has indicated that he would like to see David Beckham remain in Major League Soccer next year.
The LA Galaxy star comes out of contract at the conclusion of the 2011 season, in which his side will play off for the MLS Cup with Houston Dynamo on November 20, but the MLS chief would love to have him stay on in 2012.
Garber feels the English veteran has brought so much to the North American competition since his arrival in 2007 and that it would benefit further from him remaining involved.
"David has delivered for us on all aspects of our expectations, both on and off the field," Garber said.
"David had a terrific year this year. It's hard to argue that he wasn't one of the more important players on our fields and really contributed to his team and to the league competitively.
"Off the field he continues to be an important part of what drives some of the popularity of the league both here and around the world. He remains a very popular guy.
"His presence on the sports pages but also on the people pages continues to grow as opposed to wane here in America, and we benefit by that."