By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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After David Beckham's long and distinguished soccer career ends on an artificial turf field in northwestern France, his life promises to be perhaps even more glamorous than it already has been.
Ask someone in Asia or Europe a decade ago what they knew about the Galaxy, and odds are the answer would have been limited to planets or stars. Nowadays, it's likely to include a reference to "Beckham's team," the Major League Soccer franchise in Los Angeles.
It says something, nearly all of it good, that on the day a male athlete in one of the major American pro sports came out as gay, the reaction from the NBA, fellow ballplayers and fans was almost uniformly positive.
Tim Howard remains the No. 1 American goalkeeper despite two strong games by Brad Guzan in World Cup qualifiers last month.
United, who open the 2013 season with a conference final rematch at the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, began pursuing Ruiz after he scored for Guatemala in a 3-1 loss to the United States in October.
Major League Soccer is giving itself a date and setting a goal _ it wants to be considered among the world's premier soccer leagues by 2022.
The record is still an eyesore at 18-37, but it is a significant improvement over the 4-28 mark the team "boasted" not that long ago.
Robbie Rogers, a former player for the U.S. national team and Major League Soccer, says he is gay and "could not be happier" about his decision to go public with his disclosure.
Portland Timbers forward Bright Dike will miss a significant part of the Major League Soccer season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Clint Dempsey put the Americans ahead in the 36th minute but the Americans, using a new-look defense that featured Omar Gonzalez and Timmy Chandler, gave up the lead when Juan Carlos Garcia tied the score in the 40th at San Pedro Sula.
The 30-year-old midfielder, a veteran of three World Cups and the American career leader in goals and assists, is taking a break from soccer following the Los Angeles Galaxy's second straight Major League Soccer title.
Defender Timmy Chandler is among 24 players selected for the United States' World Cup qualifier at Honduras on Wednesday and is set to make his competitive debut for the Americans.
David Beckham's latest stop in his globe-trotting career is Paris-Saint Germain, with the former England captain signing a five-month contract Thursday and pledging to donate his salary to a children's charity.
In a lucrative career that has seen him earn millions around the world, David Beckham has joined Paris Saint-Germain pledging to play for free and donate his salary to a children's charity.
After Madrid, Milan and Hollywood, David Beckham is heading to the most fashionable destination of all.