I have just begun reading "The Beckham Experiment" by Grant Wahl. As a soccer player, coach, and fan, I am thoroughly intrigued with how soccer is viewed in America. The David Beckham phenomenon transcends sports and reaches in to pop culture in interesting ways. Wahl seems to sense this as he introduces the book-
"If there was ever a book about American soccer that demanded to be written, this was the one, in large part because it was about not just the sport but so much more: the engineering of American celebrity, the powerful seeking more power, the clash of cultures and American exceptionalism. For years, too, I had craved the chance to chronicle the ongoing inside story of a team, to do more than just parachute into town for a couple days for a snapshot magazine story. It was one thing to interview Beckham in Madrid on the eve of his American arrival, when optimism reigned and he had as much buzz as any Hollywood blockbuster. But it would be quite another to interview him underneath the stands in Columbus, Ohio, on Buck-a-Brat night after a Galaxy loss in October."
Such a book promises to give some helpful cultural insight. I'll report what I learn periodically.