A-League clubs zero in on Beckham
A-League clubs are set to intensify their bids to lure superstar David Beckham to Australia after the midfielder announced he'll leave LA Galaxy next month.
With Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners among the clubs reportedly keen to sign Beckham, the 37-year-old on Monday said the Major League Soccer (MLS) final against Houston Dynamo on December 1 will be his last game for the Galaxy.
That would potentially open the way for Beckham to play in round 10 of the A-League the following weekend and be available for the remaining 18 regular-season games.
In his six seasons with the Galaxy since signing in January 2007, Beckham has appeared in 98 championship games and his stint coincided with a period of unrivalled growth for both the club and the MLS.
His ability to further boost the profile of the A-League on the back of the success of off-season signings Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey will be appealing to new FFA boss David Gallop.
Seven MLS expansion teams have debuted since 2007 while 15 of the league's 19 teams now play in soccer-specific stadiums - an increase of five before 2007.
Attendance at those stadiums are at unprecedented highs with an average of 18,807 fans attending games during the 2012 MLS regular season.
Exposure and recognition of the Galaxy and MLS are at all-time highs with the league maintaining lucrative television broadcast deals while the Galaxy reached a 10-year broadcast deal which is the most lucrative in MLS history.