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Beckham to Play Final Competitive Game With Galaxy in MLS Cup PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 05:24

CARSON (CNS) - MLS Cup 2012 on Dec. 1 at The Home Depot Center will be David Beckham's final competitive game with the Los Angeles Galaxy, but the famed British midfielder said he wants to "experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career."

Details about what the challenge could be may come when the 37-year-old Beckham meets with reporters at The Home Depot Center.

Beckham called his six seasons with the Galaxy "an incredibly special time" and said that playing in the championship game won't be "the end of my relationship with the league."

"My ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future," Beckham said. When Beckham signed with the Galaxy in 2007, he said he would be facing one of the biggest challenges of his career, trying to boost the popularity of the sport in a nation where it had long been met with apathy and derision.

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

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said "there is no doubt that MLS is far more popular and important here and abroad than it was when he arrived."

"David has achieved great things on and off the field during his time with the Galaxy and he will always be an important part of our history," Garber said. "We look forward to his continued involvement with the LA Galaxy and the league."

Tim Leiweke, president of CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Galaxy, said "seldom does an athlete redefine a sport and David not only took our franchise to another level, but he took our sport to another level."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 06:08