By JAMES NYE
In true Hollywood style David Beckham ended his five-year stay in American football with a triumphant victory as his LA Galaxy lifted the MLS Cup on Saturday night.
Having announced that the final would be his last act as a Galaxy player, the former England captain was substituted late on in the match as the Los Angeles team retained the trophy won in dramatic fashion last year.
Emerging from half-time 1-0 down to Houston Dynamo, a quick fire burst of two goals in five minutes from Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan and a penalty from Robbie Keane deep into injury-time ensured that the MLS Cup had a fairytale ending for the league's most iconic player.
‘It is a special day for us to win it here at our home, in front of our home fans,’ said an emotional Beckham, who again hinted that he would soon be involved in the MLS as a club owner.
‘It is a sad day as well. This is a special place for me and will continue to be a special place.
‘I have no idea where I will go next. I do know that I am happy to have been part of this club for six years and been successful for the last four years.
‘I will continue with my commitment to this league. I might not be playing here any more but my commitment to growing this sport and this league will continue.’
Beckham was wildly cheered by many of the same diehard Galaxy supporters who booed him three years ago after his loans to AC Milan and an injury-riddled start to his Galaxy career.
The Home Depot Center souvenir stands were loaded with Beckham shirts, including one that said 'Take Me With You!'