David Beckham says he will refuse to consider his spell with LA Galaxy a success unless they claim a trophy in his final season.
Mike Magee's first-leg strike gives The Galaxy the advantage over New York Red Bulls going into the second game at The Home Depot Center.
Beckham's hopes of claiming a trophy rest on tonight's result, a success which would cap the former England captain's best year since his move from Real Madrid.
"On the field, I want a championship. It's as simple as that," Beckham said.
“Obviously, if you look at statistics and the games I’ve played, it is the best season since I moved to L.A,” he added.
“It’s nice to have that at 36 years old, because people start to doubt you, but it’s the best season I’ve had since I moved here. The management, the team, everything has been set up perfectly. It’s been a great year.”
Standing in his way are Thierry Henry's Red Bulls, who have to overturn a first-leg deficet to reach the conference finals.
After finishing as the 10th ranked side in the overall standings, The Red Bulls have lived a charmed life in their attempts to capture the MLS cup, beating FC Dallas in the Wild Card series to book their spot in the semi-finals.
Given how close New York have come to elimination already this season, Henry hopes his side rise to the occasion again.
"This team always responded well when it was our last hope, and this is a hell of a last one, to be honest, but hopefully this team can respond again," he said.
"It's a do-or-die once again. Sometimes I've found, from the whole season, when we went somewhere, or we were playing at home, and it was already a matter of do or die, we somehow responded."