Galaxy unveil statue to honor David Beckham

Galaxy unveil statue to honor David Beckham

Galaxy unveil statue to honor David Beckham

Written by Reuters

03 Mar, 2019 | 9:49 am

REUTERS – David Beckham called his former team LA Galaxy his “family” and thanked Los Angeles for embracing him at the unveiling of his statue before the Major League Soccer club’s season-opener on Saturday (March 2). The statue, a first for an MLS player, honours the former England captain who was the first big European name to join the league, boosting its popularity and paving the way for other global stars to make the leap.

Beckham won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012 during his six years and 98 appearances with the Galaxy. “Our city, our home,” Beckham said outside the Galaxy’s home stadium, the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, before their opener against the Chicago Fire. “From day one when my family arrived in this city, we felt at home and for that we will be forever grateful. “When I talk about LA Galaxy and when I talk about LA, I talk about it as a family because it is a big family.”

The statue unveiling came a day after Beckham helped open a soccer field for underprivileged youth in downtown Los Angeles.

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant also gave a video-taped tribute to the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder Beckham, the owner of expansion side Inter Miami CF, which is set to join the MLS in 2020. “He was the first truly big name to come to the States and really draw attention to the sport,” said the former Los Angeles Lakers forward.

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