Beckham signing still a positive – Garber

The signing of England star David Beckham to MLS is still a positive in the eyes of Commissioner Don Garber.

The signing of England star David Beckham to MLS is still a positive in the eyes of Commissioner Don Garber.

Recently, there have been plenty of Beckham critics in regards to the player wanting to move back to Europe but Garber is certain that the arrival of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid man made a positive impact on the sport in the US.

"When David was signed we all believed, and I still do, that this would be a historic moment in the history of Major League Soccer," says Garber.

"It was an important change in our plan that was, prior to the Designated Player rule, very slow and steady growth.

“Over that period, we've built stadiums, we've expanded the league, and we have many, many more owners. At that time, we were ready for a breakout moment, and that was our breakout moment.

"The second part of that is we had an agreement," Garber added.

"We had a contract and we expected [Beckham to abide by the agreement], like we expect of all of our players to abide by the commitment that they make.

“The sport of soccer has all sorts of different things that allow players out of their contracts but it requires mutual consent, and it took some time for us to all agree on what that consent would be."