Gullit: Beckham faces uphill battle with football in the US

Former Holland great Ruud Gullit has said that David Beckham is facing an uphill battle in his attempt to make football popular in the US.

Goldenballs shacked up in LA in 2007 in a deal reported to be worth $100m, as the MLS tried to raise the profile of 'soccer' in a baseball and basketball obsessed country.

But Gullit, who briefly managed Beckham at the LA Galaxy, thinks that the powers that be stateside don't want football to become more popular than the country's home grown sports: 'I have my doubts if they [Football authorities] really want to make it [football] popular. Some sports already have had a bit of a dive so they don't want American football to become less popular, or basketball or baseball.'

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