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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Beckham bows out of Los Angeles with Hollywood ending: Superstar finishes his last game for Galaxy with title win

By JAMES NYE

End of an Era: Los Angeles Galaxy player David Beckham waves to the as his team beat the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup in Los Angeles, California, this evening 3-1

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.

Dream End: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham holds the MLS Cup aloft after winning the trophy in his last ever game for the American soccer outfit

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.

Los Angeles Galaxy captain Landon Donvan holds up the MLS Trophy as David Beckham (lower left) and other teammates celebrate their 3-1 defeat of the Huston Dynamo in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup

‘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.

Joy: David Beckham is showered with champagne and beer by his jubilant team mates as the former England captain and LA Galaxy star celebrates victory in the MLS Cup

‘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.’

Family man: Beckham lines up with his sons, Brooklyn (left), Romeo (middle) and Cruz before kick-off

Harper Beckham and her mother Victoria were pictured at LAX Airport on their way to the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles to witness David Beckham's attempt to win his second MLS Cup

Stay, Don't Go: Fans of LA Galaxy's David Beckham display banners before the MLS Cup Final at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles

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!'

Since Beckham moved to LA Galaxy in 2007, the MLS has increased in size from 12 to 19 teams and seen a 231 percent increase in merchandise sales



source: dailymail

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