Anschutz Scores Beckham

The AEG-owned Los Angeles Galaxy shot into another universe January 11th with the acquisition of international soccer superstar David Beckham, who will join the MLS team when his contract with Real Madrid ends June 30th.

The agreement followed talks to extend the midfielder’s contract with the Spanish club but comes as little surprise – Beckham partners with his new boss, Philip Anschutz, on soccer academies in Los Angeles and London and has long flirted with the idea of a U.S. career.

One obstacle to achieving that goal was Major League Soccer’s previous salary cap. A recent rules change cleared the way for Becks to sign a deal reportedly worth $250 million.

"I am proud to have played for two of the biggest clubs in football and I look forward to the new challenge of growing the world’s most popular game in a country that is as passionate about its sport as my own," he said in a statement.

Though he may have struggled on the field with Real Madrid, there’s little doubt that Beckham will boost the stature of American soccer on the basis of sheer star power.

One of the biggest stars to grace the soccer pitch, Becks also brings the glamour to Tinseltown with his wife and former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh" Beckham.

"David Beckham will have a greater impact on soccer in America than any athlete has ever had on a sport globally," said AEG President/CEO Tim Leiweke. "David is truly the only individual that can build the bridge between soccer in America and the rest of the world."