Beckham likely to make MLS debut in Toronto

February 6, 2007
By Soccernet

TORONTO, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Former England captain David Beckham is likely to make his Major League Soccer debut on Aug. 5 when the Los Angeles Galaxy travel to Canada to take on the league's newest franchise Toronto FC.

According to the MLS schedule released on Tuesday, Beckham and the Galaxy will make stops in every league city except Dallas after he completes his contract with Real Madrid in mid-July.

Beckham has signed a five-year £125-million deal with Los Angeles.

Dallas could become the first North American city to welcome Beckham with the Galaxy scheduled to take on FC Dallas in a SuperLiga clash in late July.

With the MLS schedule now confirmed, the announcement is likely to trigger another rush on ticket sales as fans look to catch a glimpse of the world's most recognisable soccer player.

News of Beckham's signing sparked a surge in ticket sales in Toronto with the club selling more than 3,000 seasons tickets in the days following the announcement.

The 12th MLS season will kick off on April 7 when four-times MLS Cup champion D.C. United visit the Colorado Rapids.