Friday, March 1, 2013

MLS Turns 18, Beckham Bounces, Queens on the Rise

By Adam Maher

Remember your 18th birthday? Neither do we. But we've got an 18th birthday that surely will be remembered for years and years coming up this Saturday at 2 pm ET...

Major League Soccer officially enters its 18th season this weekend! But as reigning league leader in goals, Chris Wondolowski, and all 19 teams set out on the 2013 campaign with guts, goals and glory on their minds, the MLS faces an issue the likes of which it's never seen before ... the loss of David Beckham.

Beckham left the LA Galaxy in November 2012, signed a contract with French superclub Paris Saint-Germain shortly thereafter and had his debut for the Parisian side just a few days ago. He was with the MLS for six years, in which he reportedly generated an annual economic impact of over $50 million.
Beckham finished his MLS tenure by celebrating a 2012 MLS Cup victory with his three boys, Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo in December. (Photo from

Becks was the inspiration for the designated player rule in the MLS which allows "each MLS franchise to sign players that would be considered outside of the team's salary cap (either by offering the player higher wages or by paying a transfer fee for the player), allowing MLS teams to compete for star players in the international soccer market." The rule is also known as the Beckham Rule.

The rule brought such players as Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane to the States for tenures, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber has stated that even though Beckham has now moved on, MLS teams will be encouraged more than ever by the league to pursue even bigger and better contract players. 

Watch Garber's address in full here:

But where Beckham is lost, there is much to be gained. Specifically, in Queens.

That's right. We're talking about an expansion team in Flushing Park, NY!

Thanks to the much-heralded work of MLS Commissioner Don Garber, local officials, and volunteers, the new "MLS to Queens" movement is looking more and more realistic.

"Bringing professional soccer to Queens will mean millions in new economic development and thousands of new jobs. Building the stadium will create 2,100 to 2,300 new jobs, including union construction. Once the stadium is open, it will create approximately 160 full-time jobs and 750 part-time jobs at the stadium," says
Be sure to check out the MLS to Queens social media sites and homepage to follow along on this revolutionary story. We are full supporters of the movement. Are you?

NYS Assemblyman Francisco P. Moya of the 39th Assembly District shows his support for the stadium for Queens. (Photo from

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1 comment:

  1. I had no idea about this rule, great idea for the MLS. Great read also, bro.