Beckham Says Hello to LA

British sensation gets a kick out of new home
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2007 2:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Soccer superstar David Beckham addressed his new audience yesterday, looked tanned, ready, rested, and not at all like a man with the fate of an entire league on his shoulders. He and his Spice Girl wife, Victoria, attracted 700 media reps and 3,000 fans to the Galaxy's home pitch, the LA Times reports, and he spent 4 hours fielding questions.

The biggest sports-related concern about the 32-year-old is his left ankle. "Physically, I'm great," said Beckham, who makes his MLS debut July 21. The $32 million man refuted suggestions that the move to the States means he's on the downside of his career, casting himself as a pioneer: "I think, potentially, soccer in America could be a lot bigger."