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Sports David Beckham: What did he do, really, for American soccer? (+video)

David Beckham has announced his retirement. In the US, the David Beckham experiment coincided with a flourishing of soccer, and he was the perfect face for the sport's new swagger.

By Daniel B. WoodStaff writer, Staff writer / May 16, 2013

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When soccer star David Beckham played his last game with the Los Angeles Galaxy here last December, winning the Major League Soccer championship, many hoped he would come back as a coach, owner, or in some other front-office role.