May 16 - President Obama welcomes David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy to the White House. John Russell reports.
President Obama paid tribute to David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy and their 2011 Major League Soccer (MLS) championship on Tuesday (May 15)...calling the team the Miami Heat of soccer and one of the most talented lineups ever in the MLS. Obama then his attention and humor to the Galaxy's superstar. SOUNDBITE U.S. President Barack Obama saying: "We also have a young up and comer on the team. A guy named David Beckham. I have to say I gave David a hard time. I said half his teammates could be his kids. We're getting old David although you're holding up better than me.Last year at the age of 36, David had his best year in MLS leading the team with 15 assists. He did it despite fracturing his spine halfway through the season, injuring his hamstring the week before the championship game. He is tough. In fact it is a rare man that can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear. David Beckham is that man." The Galaxy, who defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in Carson, California last November with Beckham playing a key role in the winning goal, were invited to the White House to celebrate their title. John Russell, Reuters.