The LA Galaxy Wins The 2011 MLS Championship


5 years after global soccer superstar David Beckham moved to the US to play professional soccer for the LA Galaxy, the Los Angeles soccer team FINALLY managed to secure a Major League Soccer Championship! The Galaxy took on the Houston Dynamo for the championship title at the Home Depot Center here in Carson, CA last night and managed to end the 2011 season with a big win. Galaxy captain (and game MVP) Landon Donovan had the honor of scoring the winning goal, handing the LA Galaxy the championship title that they’ve been looking for (ever since Becks joined the team). Considering last night was Becks’s final game for the Galaxy of his 5 year contract, he couldn’t have hoped for a better ending. Click below to see some photos from last night’s big game and read some deets about what went down.

David Beckham got his Hollywood happy ending tonight with a scene-stealing performance to secure the MLS Cup for L.A Galaxy in his last game for the team. It’s also likely to be the former England captain’s final match in America, with a move to Europe and many suspect the next stop will be Paris. So it was all set up to be a perfect farewell, if Galaxy could defeat Houston Dynamo. But Goldenballs was never going to leave that to chance. With team-mate Robbie Keane, the 36-year-old set up Landon Donovan for the only goal in Sunday’s final that won Beckham’s first silverware in America since his arrival five years ago. And he did it front of over 31,000 fanatical MLS fans at their Home Deport stadium in Carson. He has been linked with a move to wealthy Paris St-Germain and said: ‘Whether I stay or not, I’ve had an amazing five years. People were talking about if we didn’t win it was going to be a disappointment and an unsuccessful five years. It’s quietened a few people which is always nice.’ He added: ‘I’ve loved it here. The fans have been unbelievable – the owners, the players, every one of them are heroes. They’ve been incredible all season and this has capped it off. I’ve said that all along, it doesn’t matter what happens at the end of the season. I need to sit back, relax and enjoy this moment. I might talk in the the past tense but that doesn’t mean I am not coming back.’ Beckham, who played the full game despite suffering a hamstring problem in training last week, joined Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007. Galaxy supporters sang, ‘We want Beckham’ after seeing their team win a first title since 2005. Team Beckham were present en masse, with Victoria, 37 , leading the cheers with their children Brooklyn, twelve, Romeo, nine , Cruz, six , and baby Harper, who is just four months old. Victoria looked stressed as she watched the match intently, obviously urging her beloved on to achieve the perfect note with which to sign off. It’s the first memory like this for Romeo and Cruz, certainly, and Brooklyn was just seven years old when the family moved across the Atlantic. The couple, who will return to their Hertfordshire home for Christmas, are due to announce the decision before Beckham’s five-year deal with LA Galaxy ends on December 31. He will take part in the club’s tour of Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia, which starts next week. ‘David is all geared up for the cup final but after that he and Victoria will make the decision over whether or not to accept the Paris deal,’ a source close to the football star says. ‘Once the last match is out of the way, talks will ensue with his management and I suspect they will move very quickly.’ The former Manchester United man moved to LA from Real following his resignation as England captain after the 2006 World Cup. He signed a deal worth almost £6 million a year. Beckham has made 26 appearances for Galaxy this season, a campaign that has seen a seven per cent increase in attendances across the MLS. With Beckham in the side, Galaxy reached the final of the MLS play-offs in 2009, the semi-finals in 2010 and met Houston Dynamo in this year’s final.

I mean, you really couldn’t have scripted a more perfect ending. It’s crazy to think that it’s been 5 years since David Beckham and his family moved to LA to begin the next phase of their lives but now that it’s 5 years later, I’d say they pretty much accomplished everything they had hoped for. With this win, Becks is really in a position to sign a new contract — like, say, with a French soccer team — and leave LA as an accomplished athlete. As happy as I am for Becks that he finally got his MLS Championship, I’m really thrilled that it was captain Landon Donovan who managed to secure the win for the Galaxy:

Talk about your perfect Hollywood endings. As for Becks and what he will do next, well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if he did pack up and leave SoCal with this championship on his record. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Galaxy ended up giving him a deal that would be too sweet to pass up. I guess we’ll have to wait for his announcement. For now, let’s celebrate the Galaxy’s big win! Woot!!

[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source]

  • kendra

    I cried my face off last night when they won! So happy for them! It really should have been closer to 5-0, but I’ll take the 1 goal that the ridiculously amazing Donovan hit! I wish you had the picture of the super cute hug that Donovan and Beckham shared right when the whistle blew..It was such a touching little moment..WOOOT! First Liverpool beat Chelsea and then this! I had such a great soccer day yesterday!! :)

  • Kate

    This is so awesome. I’m so bummed I had to miss watching the game but these pictures are great. I couldn’t be happier for both Beckham and Donovan! GO Galaxy!!

  • Mr. Gyllenhaal

    Cool they won but Becks has been here 5 years?!?!? HOLY COW!!!

  • Daisy

    Such an emotional 90 minutes last night! All these euro qualifiers and last night’s game have got me soooo pumped for the euro cup in 2012. Im just realizing how much I miss the crazy competitiveness and spirit that comes with these tournaments <3 congrats to LA Galaxy. I won't say they deserved the win any more than the Dynamos did bc they had a killer season also, but needless to say, I'm glad that these two teams made it to finals.

  • megsterg

    Has he really been here for 5 years? There’s no way. Boy does time go by so fast!