David Beckham: "MLS is better than people think"

"Football is definitely changing in this country, and it is getting bigger and growing," Beckham said. "But it is going to take time, and I said that at the start. It's not just going to happen in a year or two. It's a long-term plan to raise the profile for this game in this country. I think it has gone well so far."

"It's one of the reasons I moved here, to be a part of growing the game," said Beckham, who signed with the Galaxy in January 2007 after a standout career with Manchester United and Real Madrid. "Hopefully, people are seeing the changes which we are putting in. The attendance is up 20 percent and shirt sales up 780 percent. So it is going well. That's what we need in this country."

Beckham noted that Villarreal recently paid a $10 million transfer to acquire the rights to Red Bulls teenage striker Jozy Altidore. He also believes that MLS teams will attract more players from Europe soon.

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