The man that changed everything.
Without Beckham, there would be no Designated Player rule and, with no Designated Player rule, most of this list wouldn’t be possible. The England icon’s decision to join the LA Galaxy changed American soccer forever and, through his ownership of Inter Miami, he’s still a key figure in MLS today.
By signing Beckham, the LA Galaxy solidified their place as MLS’ Hollywood franchise, a reputation that continues today.
During his time in MLS, Beckham won two MLS Cups and two Supporters’ Shields, made a whole bunch of money for himself and the league and, perhaps most importantly for his own legacy, became a trailblazer that ushered in a new era of star power in American soccer.