November 07, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (23) reacts after the tackle against the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half at Buck Shaw Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

David Beckham Will Play Final Game With Los Angeles Galaxy At MLS Cup


English midfielder David Beckham has announced that his final game with the Los Angeles Galaxy will be next month’s MLS Cup at the Home Depot Center. Both Beckham and the team announced his decision on Monday. The team announced:

LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham announced today that MLS Cup 2012 on Saturday, December 1 will be his final competitive game with the club. Originally signed in January 2007, Beckham has spent the past six seasons with the Galaxy, helping lead the club to three MLS Cup berths, including the third championship in club history in 2011 when they beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in MLS Cup 2011 at The Home Depot Center in front of a then-stadium record of more than 30,000 fans.

Beckham responded with some comments of his own thanking the fans for welcoming him to the states and making his experience with the Galaxy a good one.

“In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year. I’ve been fortunate to win trophies, but more important to me has been the fantastic reception I’ve had from fans in L.A. and across the States. Soccer’s potential has no limits in this wonderful country and I want to always be part of growing it,” Beckham said in a statement.

“In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year. I’ve been fortunate to win trophies, but more important to me has been the fantastic reception I’ve had from fans in L.A. and across the States. Soccer’s potential has no limits in this wonderful country and I want to always be part of growing it.”

The Galaxy will be looking to repeat as MLS champions.

On of the most interesting parts of the release was Beckham once again expressing his interest in owning a team.

“I’ve had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career,” Beckham said. “I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future.”

Beckham has been playing in the United States for the past six years. He signed a two-year contract with the team in January after playing out the first five years of his ground-breaking deal that brought him from England to the states. He turned down offers from Paris St. Germain and other clubs to remain in the MLS.

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