Beckham signs off with MLS triumph

David Beckham ended his career as an LA Galaxy player with another MLS cup triumph. Galaxy came from a goal down to beat Houston Dynamo 3-1 in Beckham’s last match before he returns to Europe . . . or heads for China or Australia.

The finale of the American soccer season began with a setback for Galaxy as Dynamo dominated the first half and took the lead before half-time. Galaxy fought back in the second half as Beckham began to exert more influence on the game. They scored twice in succession around the hour mark.

Galaxy had muscled their way through the play-offs thanks to the goalscoring of Robbie Keane (it is perhaps an indication of the relative weakness of the American game that Premier League has-been Keane has thrived in the MLS). It was Keane who stepped up to take the decisive penalty that put the result beyond doubt.

Beckham’s team-mates chanted "one more year" at him in the dressing-room, but the player is heading for pastures new. Coach Bruce Arena paid tribute to the player’s enduring ambition. "Many would think it is the last chapter," Arena said. "I think David thinks there is another chapter and if there is it is probably going to be another great championship," he said.

Beckham has been a tidy and effective player for Galaxy, but Arena thinks his lasting impact will be in his off-field activities in the US. "Twenty years from now we are going to look at this league and still talk about David Beckham as the one who helped turn us," he said.

Three European coaches nurse hopes of luring Beckham into one last adventure. Carlo Ancelotti is the likeliest candidate, with Paris St-Germain, but Harry Redknapp and Sam Allardyce are also fans of the former England captain, and would be interested in allowing him one last bask in the London spotlight, at QPR or West Ham.

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