MIAMI David Beckham's move to L.A Galaxy has
already set the cash tills ringing at the Major League Soccer
club with a quarter of a million replica team shirts ordered
before they were even unveiled.
Beckham is due to arrive in Los Angeles later on Thursday
and will be officially presented by the Galaxy on Friday.
"We're already well over a quarter of a million units that
were ordered ... without knowledge of what they were going to
look like," Galaxy president Alexi Lalas told the club's
"We will look to do significant numbers and historic
numbers not just with an MLS context but with an international
jersey context," he added.
Galaxy have changed from a yellow and green outfit to an
all-white home kit very similar to the one Beckham wore with
Spanish club Real Madrid.
During his first six months in Madrid the club sold more
than one million Beckham shirts.
After he left Spain on a high midway through last month
with Real celebrating its first Primera Liga title success for
four years, the club's director of marketing Jose Angel Sanchez
said Beckham had been worth in excess of $600 million in
As well as the shirt-buying frenzy, Beckham has appeared on
the cover of Sports Illustrated, a rare honor for a soccer
player, and will star in a new TV documentary shortly.
He is due to make his debut for L.A in a friendly against
Chelsea on July 21.