David Beckham may be near the end of his career but he is actually at a cross roads. Within the next few weeks he needs to sit down and ask himself one simple question: What do I really want to do?
Publicly, Beckham will always say he's a soccer player and that everything else is secondary. Privately, we all know that Beckham came to Los Angeles for every reason besides soccer. He came for Hollywood, he came for Posh's music/fashion career, he came for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, he came to sit courtside at Lakers games with his sons. He didn't come to play soccer at the Home Depot Center alongside Edson Buddle and Alan Gordon.
It's perfectly understandable. It isn't the dream of many world-class soccer players to play in Carson, Calif., against teams such as the Kansas City Wizards and the Columbus Crew.
Beckham, however, needs figure out what he wants to do with his last few years as a top-flight soccer player. Does he want to spend them toiling with a forgotten MLS team in the midst of a rebuilding process? Or enjoy them with a first-class club like AC Milan? Does he want to compete against the best in the world and in position to win the Champions League, or pursue an appearance in the MLS Cup, the equivalent of the Europe's Arena Bowl?
Judging by how Beckham has played in Milan and with the English national team, he would be cheating himself and his fans -- well, his soccer fans, anyway -- if he left Milan, where he is currently on a three-month loan, and went back to the Galaxy in March. Milan is currently trying to pry Beckham away from Los Angeles full-time and seems to be willing to pay top dollar for the transfer.
Beckham may have come to Los Angeles believing he only had a couple of good years left in him after falling our of favor at Real Madrid and with his national team, but the 33-year-old midfielder is currently experiencing a Kurt Warner-like renaissance and shouldn't sell himself short by returning to MLS. He still has a few good years left in him and he shouldn't waste them on a team going nowhere and in a country that couldn't care less.