gallery David Beckham: The American Years
Two years after David Beckham became the U.S. soccer savior, he’ll leave in disgrace. Grant Wahl on how Tom Cruise and Will Smith got Becks started on the wrong foot. Plus, view our gallery of Posh and Becks in America.
Valerie Macon, AFP / Getty Images THE EGOS HAVE LANDED
Six months after the announcement he was leaving Real Madrid to play in the United States, David and Victoria Beckham finally arrived in Los Angeles, July 12, 2007.
Frazer Harrison / Getty Images THE SHIRT ON HIS BACK
David Beckham is officially announced as a Los Angeles Galaxy player at the Home Depot Center Stadium on July 13, 2007. Jersey sales of his number "23" skyrocketed even before the announcement.
Toby Canham / Getty Images POSH LIFE
Talk about an A-list affair: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Victoria and David, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith arrive for a welcoming party for the golden couple. The publicity-friendly event was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Geffen Warehouse on July 22, 2007 in Los Angeles.
NZPA, Ross Setford / AP Photo THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK
Beckham leaves the field after his team's match against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium, in New Zealand on December 1, 2007. After injuring his right knee during a match at the end of August, Becks remained off the field for six weeks.
TEACH THE CHILDREN WELL
The man who was going to bring soccer to America at a community event at Waianae High School on February 19, 2008, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
Dave Bjerke / NBCU Photo Bank via AP Images A NEW JAYWALKING CONTESTANT
While in Los Angeles, Beckham took some time to sit on Jay Leno's couch on April 1, 2008.
David and Victoria Beckham arrive at the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy Costume Institute Gala held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008, in New York City.
LOOK, SURI, IT'S BECKS!
Tom Cruise, holding his daughter Suri, and wife Katie Holmes watch a Galaxy match from David Beckham's box. Beckham said that after he met Tom, he thought "Cruise is a great name, but we could spell it different." And so it was: The Beckhams named their third son Cruz.
Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo SUPPORTING THE LOCALS
David Beckham and his son Brooklyn watch the Los Angeles Lakers face the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals on May 21, 2008.
Kevin Sam, FilmMagic / Getty Images BRAND IT LIKE BECKHAM
Talk about a traffic-stopper: The David Beckham Emporio Armani poster is unveiled at Armani's advertising campaign at Union Square Park on June 18, 2008, in San Francisco.
Mark Mainz / AP Images for Fox TOTAL BABE ON BOARD
Beckham accepts his Choice Male Athlete with his sons Cruz , Brooklyn, and Romeo during the 2008 Teen Choice Awards on August 3, 2008, in Los Angeles.
BECKHAM: THE FRAGRANCE?
David and Victoria Beckham attend a 'Beckham Signature' fragrance launch event at Macy's department store on September 26, 2008, in New York. Hopefully it doesn't smell like a postgame jersey.
During an appearance on the
Today show in New York, Beckham signs a lucky fan's shirt. Press Association via AP Images BECKLASH
Angry fans wave banners at the game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan on July 20, 2009. David Beckham got involved in an ugly confrontation with fans at his home return game in Los Angeles. The former England captain attempted to jump over a barrier as he left the field at halftime to answer a section of the crowd that had been jeering him.