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From Hull to Hollywood, the woman who'll coach Beckham
« on: January 15, 2007, 02:11:11 PM »
Expatriate in charge of soccer schools at LA Galaxy can't wait for chance to train young Brooklyn


AMY Rodgers will have to prove she can bend it like Beckham when the footballing superstar makes his bank-breaking move to LA Galaxy.
The 21-year-old coach from Yorkshire runs soccer schools at the American club and is relishing the prospect of showing David's son Brooklyn a thing or two.
Brooklyn, who is nearly eight and the eldest of Beckham's three boys, will be in good company – Miss Rodgers already teaches Connor Cruise, son of Hollywood star Tom, a good friend and confidant of the former England captain who was pivotal in persuading him to head to Tinseltown.
Miss Rodgers, who has been running soccer schools in America for three years, said Beckham would love Los Angeles, but might take time adjusting to the American game.
"There was talk of him going when I was out there before, but we didn't expect it because we thought he still had a couple of years left in him in Europe," she said.
"The facilities are brilliant and I'm sure he'll like California and fit in very well. But it may take him a while to get used to the slower pace of the game and he's going to be much fitter than the people he's playing with."
There is also the small matter of the cultural changes that the Real Madrid midfielder will have to grow accustomed to when he switches from football to soccer.
He is not only swapping the Bernabeu for the Home Depot Centre, but squad for "roster" and football boots for "soccer cleats". Fans who want to follow his progress will struggle to find his side in any league table and will instead have to check on their "standings".
Miss Rodgers is no mean player herself. She set a ladies' league record by scoring 57 goals in 31 games and turns out for Beverley Town Ladies when back at home in Ballathie Close, Hull.
She secured her role as a player development officer after seeing a job advert and attending a training course in Leeds.
She believes the father of her latest protégé will have a huge impact, on and off the field, when he arrives. "Soccer is really taking off in America and Beckham is a big star. He'll make it fashionable and popular.
If anyone can make it happen, Beckham can," she said.
Beckham announced his move from Spanish giants Real Madrid last week. His five-year deal, worth a staggering £128m, is thought to better what even fellow sporting superstars Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods can earn.
He may be leaving sooner than expected – Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello has said he will never play for the club again, although his contract runs until June.
Beckham has said it is not about the money and that he wants to be "part of history" by helping the game take off in the States. If he manages that it may rank as one of his greatest achievements – such talents as Pelé, George Best and Franz Beckenbauer have all tried and failed to do so before.


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