SI.com has learned from from multiple sources that Beckham’s contract allows him to walk away from the Galaxy after the ’09 season, two years earlier than any previous reports had stated.
Beckham does indeed have a five-year, $32.5 million contract with Major League Soccer (plus incentives and a percentage of jersey sales, among other things) that runs through the end of 2011. That’s not news.
But Beckham can opt out of the last two years if he so desires, according to a previously undisclosed clause in his contract.
After reading the story, I think the main conclusion you have to come to is that the Galaxy are operating under even more enormous pressure to win than we thought. While we didn’t know that Beckham had that option, the reality, as Wahl mentioned, is that if Beckham wanted to go at any time, he would be able to go. Yeah, it kind of exposes some of the 5-year talk as possible BS, but what’s new?
My question is, will this pressure to keep Beckham happy dribble down to MLS HQ. To what lengths would AEG try and force rule changes/loopholes to get the Galaxy good again? And, more importantly, would MLS HQ actually stop them?
If we suddenly see Del Piero and Shevchenko join Landon and Becks at the HDC, we’ll know the answer.