David Beckham Is Leaving The LA Galaxy

The End of an Era is Near

Boo. It’s the sad news that Los Angeles soccer fans have been dreading is finally nigh. David Beckham has announced that he will leave the LA Galaxy soccer team at the completion of the MLS Cup championship. As you may know, Becks moved his entire family to LA back in 2007 to play professional soccer for the LA Galaxy and he enjoyed a very successful career here. Sadly, it sounds like Becks‘s career is coming to an end and, therefore, it is time for Becks to plan his exit.

David Beckham announced Monday that he would leave the Los Angeles Galaxy after the M.L.S. Cup championship Dec. 1, ending a six-year run in Major League Soccer that raised the league’s profile, if not its level of play. Beckham, 37, won his first league championship last season in the final game of his groundbreaking (and at the time somewhat controversial) five-year contract with M.L.S. He then turned down overtures from Paris St.-Germain to sign a new two-year deal to return to the Galaxy, though it now appears he will only serve out half of it. “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 in a statement released by the team. “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. 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” … It is unclear if Beckham’s departure from the Galaxy signals the end of his time as a player; it is notable that in praising his time in Los Angeles, he said he “wanted to experience one more challenge before the end of my playing career.” He has long been clear about his interest in owning a team in the league — M.L.S. continues to push ahead with opaque plans for a second team in New York.

Altho Becks has not yet announced if he is completely done playing professional soccer, I have to believe the end is very near. Becks has enjoyed a very successful soccer career here in LA (what with winning that MLS Championship trophy last year) and my guess is that he will want to end his career on a high note. Honestly, this is bummer news for me but … as long as the Beckham family continues to live here in LA, I guess I can’t be too broken-hearted. We know that Becks has other lucrative endeavors to keep himself bizzy so … the announcement of his departure is sad but not devastating. Becks is not leaving the public stage … but, sadly, he is leaving the professional soccer stage, at least here in LA … for good :(

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  1. MJ

    That’s a bummer, but I’m comforted by the thought that this might mean more Becks photoshoots! :)

  2. I have seriously shed tears over this news..It sounds like he’s still going to play..I just hope he joins a European team and not another MLS team..I’d feel so betrayed! I’m just thankful I got to watch him warm up for a game on the freaking sidelines of the field..Such a magical experience watching him bend over and stretch less than 20 yards away from me..

    • @kendra — I dunno. European teams are serious biz and Becks, gods love him, isn’t 20 years old anymore. My guess is that he will become a team owner and retire from playing the sport. I know he doesn’t want to be remembered as an over the hill hasbeen who couldn’t let go. He’s been successful on both sides of the ocean, it kinda does feel like it’s time for him to hang up his boots.

    • No need to remind me of the high level of playing in the European leagues..I watch soccer way more than what’s good for my health..I’m just trying to look into his “one last challege before the end of my playing career ” comment..By saying playing career it seems like he’s saying he’ll still be playing and not just being an owner or something, doesn’t it? And what bigger challenge than European soccer? Maybe not the EPL or La Liga, but something that’s a step up from MLS..Bah..I don’t know..I’m just not ready to see him retire..He’s still so effing good!

  3. retiring?! but i want sweaty shirtless pics for the rest of my life! H&M photoshoots aren’t gonna do it for me :(

  4. Caitlin

    Some of the Aussie newspapers have been running stories about him possibly coming here to play, i know some of the teams have come out and said they want him, Don’t know if it will actually happen though.

  5. niles

    I wouldn’t hang the retirement banners just yet.

  6. I’M GOT TIX TO THE GAME!! WOOOOOT!!

  7. Leery

    I thought he was leaving a club called LA Galaxy….

  8. Oscar in Miami Beach

    He will sign with Milan.

    • @Oscar in Miami Beach — You think? I guess it is starting to sound more like he’s going to play for another club but … I just don’t want him to suffer embarrassment from participating in a very aggressive league with much younger players ;(

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