Those who follow Soccerblog know that we have been very critical of David Beckham's MLS move, expressing our doubts that it would work which so far have borne true.
But we also see why Landon Donovan proves now and again that he is a poor sportsman. Whether it is his comments about Giuseppe Rossi after the Italy game or this dust up with Beckham.
There is an unspoken rule followed in sports. If there is a problem with a current team mate, don't go ratting to a third party especially a reporter about it. Donovan should have communicated his concerns to Beckham directly and if that was not possible at that time, then Bruce Arena should have been taken into confidence. Especially if one cares about a team as much as Donovan claims to with regards to the Galaxy. Yes, a lot of this criticism is very valid and Beckham should be held accountable but Donovan was out of line with who he decided on to air these comments. Calling him a fierce competitor puts too much shine on what I suspect was a desire to show up Beckham than any real effort at preserving team unity.
I fully support Beckham's hitting back at Donovan calling him unprofessional. That is exactly what he is with these comments.
Lets also call it a day on Beckham's MLS career. He wants to go back to Milan again in 2010 to earn an England call up for the World Cup.
"To be involved in the World Cup and to be involved with this England squad, I have to give myself the chance to be at that top level. I'll do that personally and anything to do that. It's just saying that for the moment, this is what I need to do. It doesn't mean I'm running away from a project I believe in. I think the experiences I've had can only help this team."
No self respecting league should be in forced into such a situation. I think the Galaxy fans should make their displeasure fully known.