Lalas to LA: Let Beckham Focus on Game

Galaxy owner hopes Hollywood will not distract photogenic ex-captain
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jul 10, 2007 4:11 AM CDT
British soccer player David Beckham on stage during the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday July 1, 2007. The concert was held on Sunday to mark what would have been the 46th birthday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – LA Galaxy owner Alexi Lalas, who shelled out roughly $250 million to bring aging superstar David Beckham to U.S. soccer, fretted publicly that Beckham must focus on the game and not the enhancement of his celebrity. The announcement came four days before the star's unveiling in the movie capital of the world.

The former England captain's debut will be against Chelsea on July 21st. Said Lalas: "Since the announcement of his signing, it's been crazy. Albeit good crazy. The eyes of the world are upon us now and we want to make sure we use that to our gain." (Read more soccer stories.)