A couple of weeks ago we learned the bummer news that David Beckham is leaving the LA Galaxy soccer team. At the time, it was announced that the 2012 MLS Championship game — win or lose — would be his last game as a Galaxian. Over the weekend, the Galaxy took on the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA and won by a score of 3-1. This year’s MLS Championship title is the second in a row for the Galaxy … and proved to be the perfect high note for Becks to end his time here in LA as a professional soccer player. Click below to learn more and see a bunch of really fun celebratory photos.
David Beckham walked off the field at the Home Depot Center with a smile on his face and a [British] flag draped around his shoulders, leaping to high-five one last fan as he ended his most excellent MLS playing adventure with a powerful performance. Beckham didn’t score in the 3-1 victory over Houston that secured the Galaxy’s second straight MLS Cup championship, but he was a strong presence with his trademark curving free kicks and dynamic leadership. The Galaxy had been forced to rally all season, and he would not let its playoff journey end Saturday without a bounce-back triumph. He was sure of himself and his choices, a certainty played out in his every move. If he had a tear in his eye as he exited in front of his three sons — each wearing T-shirts with his No. 23 and the name DADDY on the back — it reflected joy over a job well done, not sorrow over leaving a task unfinished. “Today’s a good day,” he said.
Beckham brought glamour and credibility to MLS, which needed them. If some of the gossipy coverage was laughable, it was tolerable because he seemed in on the joke, incredulous that a kid who grew up in modest circumstances in London had become an international soccer and style icon. Beckham, who has said he’s not ready to retire, said he will leave it to others to measure his impact on MLS. “I just hope I’ve brought a bit of interest to the game,” he said. “If that’s the single thing that I’ve done, then great. But I think the foundations are there now in this league. It’s a 17-year-old league and the foundations are great. It will continue to grow.” Someone will replace him as the face of the Galaxy. Keane is a candidate, and the Galaxy is said to be interested in Brazilian midfielder Kaka, who has two more years on his contract with Real Madrid.
Yay!! This is really great news … not only for LA or for the Galaxy but, obvs, for Becks, too. There is no better way to walk away from a team than as a winner. Two MLS Championships in a row? Yeah, that’s a great way to make an exit, I think. I’m glad to hear that Becks isn’t ready to retire so I wish him well no matter where he plays next. That said, it is highly unlikely that he will enjoy another championship win next year with a different team … but time will tell. For now, David Beckham is a champion! This is how I will remember him as a soccer player no matter where he decides to play next. Congrats Becks, thank you so much for everything you’ve done for LA soccer :D