Friday will be the 25th anniversary of "The Trade" that sent Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. We all know the impact it brought to the NHL. Players salaries went up and cities that were not known for hockey had obtained franchises such as Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Anaheim and San Jose just to name a few. While the impact of "The Trade" lasted throughout much of the 1990's, a similar impact move happened in the latter part of the 2000's but in MLS.
Like what Gretzky did for one Los Angeles team many moons ago, Beckham's presence in MLS made an impact very similar to "The Great One" by developing the game in the North America league. If Becks decided not to join the Galaxy, would the MLS see expansion let alone still exist? Probably not.