Where the league has failed, though, is in fairness. In their eagerness
to exploit the asset that is Beckham, MLS tried to please too many people. The Galaxy have been saddled with the worst late-season schedule in history, which is a bizarre welcoming present for the league's biggest signing ever. He and his teammates are injured and tired, and that leads to a lot of ugly performances.
Where the Galaxy have failed David is in not standing up to the league and demanding a more equitable distribution of games from the start. The assumption made by Lalas that the Galaxy could cope was a grave mistake. I think the Galaxy and MLS have let David down far more than vice versa.
Beckham is generally eager to please and he hasn't complained yet (though at this point, he's also begun to refuse media interviews). I remember Freddy Adu looking back on his first year in the league and mentioning how he shouldn't have allowed himself to get so distracted by all the press obligations that were pushed on to him. It affected his performances, to have that hype pressing down on him when he should have been treated more like any other MLS player.
If the league keeps crucifying its so-called saviors, it may find that other quality players will be more reluctant to join the MLS crusade.
It's funny that between the salary cap and other artificial constructs carefully set up to keep things equal between teams that the league would have no compunction about deliberately designing the Galaxy schedule in a way that dealt only this one team a decided disadvantage at the most crucial part of the season.
Pete Vagenas stated:
“I think the league will look back and maybe question the way they handled this season. David’s the league’s best player . . . this was obviously a match made in heaven, but trying to make it so many games in such a short amount of time when he gets here and having such breaks in the beginning of the season, like when we went two weeks without playing, I’m not sure if they shot themselves in the foot, but I think they’ll think twice before doing that again to a team.”