Quote from LA Galaxy's owner Tim Leiweke, president & CEO of AEG (they own the team):

"David Beckham will have a greater impact on soccer in America than any athlete has ever had on a sport globally. David is truly the only individual that can build the bridge between soccer in America and the rest of the world."
...for $250M, you'd better hope so Tim. Because he ain't Pele, and Pele couldn't build that bridge.