David Beckham announces his retirement date with the LA Galaxy
The match against Houston Dynamo on December will be the last game David Beckham plays under a Los Angeles Galaxy jersey before he sets off to seek “one last challenge”. LA Galaxy have confirmed that David Beckham’s last game with the club will be the Major League Soccer final.
“LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham announced today that MLS Cup 2012 on Saturday, December 1, will be his final competitive game with the club,” LA Galaxy announced through their official website.
David Beckham will end a six-year long spell with the LA Galaxy after his side hosts the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center. The former England captain intends to remain in contact with the sport in USA in the future.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star helped the La Galaxy win the MLS Cup over the Houston Dynamo last year. David Beckham has also helped LA Galaxy win three Championships during his six-year stint.
During these past years, David Beckham helped the LA Galaxy grow exponentially. The American outfit expanded into seven cities and became a recognizable football force on the face of the world.
David Beckham’s presence on the pitch increased LA Galaxy fans by tenfold and the large media market he brought into the United States helped promote soccer in the football dominated region of the world.
Before the eve of his farewell from the LA Galaxy, David Beckham gave little hints about his future.
“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.
“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,” David Beckham said.
David Beckham netted 18 goals and provided 40 assists in 98 regular-season appearances for the LA Galaxy. However, David Beckham provided the LA Galaxy with much more than impressive statistics. The football icon provided LA Galaxy with roots for rejuvenation and an image that should last decades.