David Beckham Wins ESPY Award For Best Player In MLS

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

David Beckham took home the award for “Best MLS Player” at the ESPY ceremony in Los Angeles last night, his second win since the award’s inception in 2006, and the seventh straight for a member of the LA Galaxy. The only other man to win besides the underwear model-slash-petulant-ball-punter is Landon Donovan, who has five ESPYs.

Because they can’t call the award “Best Somewhat Famous MLS Player who plays for a team nearby and therefore might be in the building to accept” as it won’t fit on the trophy, ESPN calls it “Best MLS Player” and hopes that anyone who actually knows anything about MLS won’t notice. More important than giving the award to someone who deserves it, like Chris Wondolowski or Dwayne DeRosario, is having Becks and Posh there to look good on the red carpet and bring the show a little glamour. They’re English, you know.

To be fair to ESPN, the ESPY winners are chosen by the public. Becks apparently won a poll, mostly because ESPN.com’s readers had heard of him. Well done, David.

(On the other hand, the ESPY for best international athlete went to Lionel Messi, which, while difficult to screw up, at least shows some people are paying attention.)

As for the concept of the ESPYs themselves…don’t get me started.

Here’s a full list of winners.

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