The biggest name in Major League Soccerwill likely make his much anticipated debutAug. 5 in Toronto.
David Beckham, who recently signed a $250-million deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy, is slated to play his first MLS game against the expansion Toronto FC, according tothe league schedulereleased Tuesday.
The schedule ensuresthe former England captain visits each city in the league.
Beckham's transfer to the Galaxy was announced in January andhesaid he would move to the United States once his contract with his current club, Real Madrid, is upJune 30.
Though Toronto may be Beckham's first MLS game, it likely won't be his North American debut with the Galaxy.
Los Angeles plays in the SuperLiga, an eight-team exhibition event between MLS and Mexican clubs, in July, and Beckham could make his debut there.
Toronto FC begins inaugural campaign April 7
Tuesday'sschedule announcement was full of Beckham hype, but it also marked an important milestone for Toronto FC, Canada's only MLS franchise.
Toronto FC opens its inaugural seasonApril 7 against Chivas USA in Carson, Calif., and plays its first home game at BMO Field on April 28 against head coach Mo Johnston's former team, the Kansas City Wizards.
Toronto will play in the league's seven-team Eastern Conference and will play its divisional opponents three times over the course of the season.The FC will also play the Western Conference's six teams twice each.