"Potentially, in the United States, soccer will become as big a sport as it is in any other part of the world and I am happy to be a part of that. I will be a part of that over the next five years and perhaps for many more years."
Those were the words that David Beckham spoke when he signed his contract with the Los Ángeles Galaxy in June 2007 to join the club and give the United States' soccer league a shot in the arm for desired growth.
The five-year, $32.5 million contract included the use of image for marketing purposes and guaranteed an additional $30 million more per year.
After two forgettable seasons in Los Ángeles, the Englishman could not only justify his millionaire status in California with standout play, but he could't get the Galaxy into the Major League Soccer title match.
Last October, he was on loan to Italy's Milan club on the condition he return to the Galaxy on March 9.
It now looks Beckham will not be back.