The LA Galaxy will unveil a David Beckham statue ahead of the 2019 MLS home opener against the Chicago Fire on March 2 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. Beckham will be added to the Ring of Honor at halftime of the match, as well, joining prior inductees Cobi Jones, Mauricio Cienfuegos and Doug Hamilton.
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“The LA Galaxy are a very special club to me, so to receive this honour is incredible and very humbling,” said David Beckham in a club statement released Monday. “Personally, I will always be eternally grateful for the amazing welcome the club, the fans and the city of Los Angeles gave me and my family from the minute we first arrived.
“My time playing and the friends we made during that period are so important to me — and Los Angeles, in so many ways, will always feel like a home to us. The LA Galaxy is a club whose leaders and fans have done so much for soccer in the USA, so to be part of this club’s great history is a privilege and something that makes me and my family very proud.”
After a storied career in Europe, Beckham became MLS’ first Designated Player with his move to the LA Galaxy in 2007. He scored 18 goals and 40 assists in his 98 appearances with the club, and led the Galaxy to MLS Cup victories in 2011 and 2012.
“We greatly look forward to honoring one of the most influential players in LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer history,” LA Galaxy president Chris Klein in the statement. “David helped transform this league and the sport in the United States. He has played an important role in making the LA Galaxy the league’s most iconic brand and most successful club. This honor is well deserved. David will forever be a part of the fabric of Major League Soccer and the LA Galaxy.”
The statue unveiling, promoted using #BeckhamStatue on social media, will be open to fans attending the match and will take place ahead of the Galaxy’s 24th MLS season, but the exact time and location will be announced at a later date.