Reports out of England suggest that Fabio Capello will tap injured L.A. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham for an advisory/coaching role with England in the run-up to the World Cup.
A source close to the Three Lions told Yahoo Sports that, in addition to his experience and the respect England players have for him, Beckham “has a good picture of many of the American players, the American style of play, their tactics, strengths and weaknesses.”
Hmmm. Beckham has played parts of three seasons in MLS (41 appearances) and has probably played against (or with) all of the top domestic-based U.S. players.
But given the fact that Beckham has faced the U.S. national team the same number of times as the bulk of England’s team (once, in the May 2008 friendly at Wembley), and the dearth of MLSers on the provisional 30-man U.S. roster (8), and the real possibility that none of them will be World Cup starters (best chances: Bornstein, Ching), we’re not sure Bex will be quite the “spy” some reports are touting.