GALAXY: Paris beckons Becks, Posh?
Are David and Victoria Beckham headed to Paris this weekend?
That's the claim in French daily Le Parisien, which says the former Posh Spice, who has built an impressive fashion résumé in Los Angeles, “should take the opportunity to explore the addresses where she could establish the offices of his brand of haute couture.”
What Beckham might be doing is left unsaid, although meeting with Paris Saint-Germain officials, who hope to bring him in during next month's transfer window, is the implication.
The Beckhams have returned to England for the holidays.
Beckham, the newspaper says, is expected to decide whether to stay with the Galaxy, go to PSG or sign elsewhere -- with Tottenham the likeliest “other” option -- shortly after Christmas. That's the timeline we're looking at on this side of the Atlantic, too.
Reports in the European press seem to assume Beckham is returning to Europe -- his departure from the Galaxy is treated as a done deal -- but Beckham has said nothing of the sort while confirming he really might return for a sixth Major League Soccer season in 2012.
Le Parisien's evidence that Beckham is leaving L.A.: He's already cleaned out his Galaxy locker. That every player has, because it's the offseason, goes unmentioned.
DYNAMO DIVORCE: AEG President Tim Leiweke says the Galaxy's owners will soon offload its half-share of MLS Cup runner-up Houston Dynamo, with prodding from MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
He's looking for local ownership -- half the club is owned by former boxing champion Oscar de la Hoya and businessman Gabriel Brener, both from Los Angeles -- and says AEG has “already been approached by two or three people.”
“What we always have said is we want to get the stadium up and operating,” Leiweke told Fox 26 Sports in Houston. “We know they commissioner would prefer that we sell our interest and get out of the conflict. That was an uneashy day for us top have both our teams out there playing [in last month's MLS Cup final at Home Depot Center]. It was even more uneasy for me, when you had to go into one locker room and they were happy and one locker room and they were sad.
“The team needs local ownership. We get that. That is going to be easy to do once we open up the stadium and we have the financial strength and wherewithal, where they begin to understand it's no longer about funding the team, it's just about buying the team and watching the asset grow.”
Leiweke was in Houston to announce the sale of the naming rights to the Dynamo's new facility, which opens next year. BBVA Compass, a financial holding company based in Birmingham, Ala., purchased the naming rights, agreeing to a $20 million fee for 10 years, the television station reported.
WORTH NOTING: Beckham's Hollywood pal Tom Cruise, in London for the U.K. premiere of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” told media that he's love to make his buddy a movie star. “I'd love to do action movies with Beckham. He would be great. He could kick ass.”