“We’ve also seen the interest and the fact that this league is taken very seriously in Europe and in different parts of the world now. So, yes, I’ve seen that firsthand, and I’m very proud to have been part of that.”
So, what now for the superstar? The Australian league would love him. So would the Chinese league. His fan base in Asia is gigantic. But he might choose to head back to Europe and finish where he started.
“I still feel that I have something left in me as a player,” Beckham said. “I still feel like I have one more challenge in me as a player. Even at 37 years old, I still can play at a high level. Where that will be yet, I haven’t decided.
“Right now, my focus is on the final. Once that’s out of the way, we have an [exhibition] tour to deal with, and then it’s Christmas, which we always spend in London, so I’ll be there and I’ll make the decision then. There are options, and I’m very lucky at my age to have options. People have talked about my retirement, and I actually don’t feel I’m ready to retire yet.”
Beckham also said he feels optimistic in the future of American soccer.
“The foundations are now there for this sport to continue to grow,” Beckham said. “I’ve seen it grow in the last six years, and we all want it to continue to grow. My commitment as an owner, people will be well aware of that in the new year, and hopefully where that will be. And like I said, my commitment as an ambassador for this sport and this country won’t change.”
Yes, Becks was worth every penny.
• U.S.-China women in Boca Raton: Tickets for the U.S. women’s match against China on Dec. 15 in Boca Raton are on sale. The match will be played at FAU Stadium and is the 10th and final game of the U.S. WNT Fan Tribute Tour. Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, via Ticketmaster and at the FAU ticket office on campus.