Salazar previews Saturday's MLS Cup Final
How big of a factor will David Beckham be during his third and final MLS Cup on Saturday?
The answer depends on who you ask, but – according to the Houston Dynamo - Major League Soccer’s most recognizable player will factor prominently regardless of whether it’s the Galaxy or Dynamo that claim the league title this weekend.
Houston defender Bobby Boswell, who is tasked with organizing the Dynamo defense against Beckham’s game-changing set pieces, noted the Englishman’s impact on his Galaxy teammates.
“Beckham is one of those guys that makes everyone else better,” Boswell said Thursday morning. “There are guys in this league who make great runs, but they don’t necessarily have someone pulling the strings.
“But a guy like [Beckham], when they make good runs, he rewards them. We have to make sure we know where he is at all times and try not to give him time and space.”
The approach sounds simple enough, but given Beckham’s freedom within the Galaxy formation, accounting for the 37-year-old may be more difficult than expected. Forward Calen Carr described Beckham’s set-up as a ‘free role’ during a recent television interview – a fact which may actually help Houston exploit Los Angeles should Beckham wander too far from the middle of the park.
“He’s a guy we will be aware of,” Carr acknowledged. “But I think we are also a team where they are going to have to be worried about us. If he loses his shape by moving to the wings a little bit or floating around there are places for us to exploit on the counter-attack.”