Beckham backing MLS Cup glory

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David Beckham and Robbie Keane helped LA Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 in the Western Conference championship game on Sunday, setting up a league-deciding MLS Cup clash against Houston Dynamo.

For the former England captain, the encounter could be his final game for Galaxy, as his lucrative five-year contract in Los Angeles expires at the end of the current campaign.

The opportunity for Beckham and Co. to play in a major final, on their own ground at the Home Depot Centre, will be a very special occasion, and a fitting end to the 36-year-old's stay in the MLS, if, as expected he leaves at the end of the month.

"I think it's special," said Beckham. "When it was announced that the MLS Cup would be at the HDC, I said it would be great if we could make it. Now we've made it, now we want to win it, simple as that."

As speculation surrounding the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star's future continues to mount, Beckham insists that he is fully focused on the Cup.

"It is my number one priority," he added. "As a professional you always want to be successful.

"I have done it for most of my career. It always means the same whether it's winning the MLS Cup, the European Cup or La Liga. Every time you pick up the silverware it is the same."

Landon Donovan gave Galaxy the lead over Real Salt Lake with a 23rd minute penalty, and after Alvaro Saborio equalised two minutes later, Beckham's curling cross found the head of Mike Magee to put them 2-1 ahead in the 58th minute.

As Real pushed for the equaliser, Keane took advantage of the gaps at the back and sealed the win with just over 20 minutes to play, setting up the Houston clash - after they beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 to win the Eastern Conference title.

The tie will be played on 20 November, and Beckham for one will not be taking for granted the threat posed by Dynamo - the MLS champions of 2006 and 2007.

"I'm a Galaxy player right now," he concluded. "I'm 36-years-old and I still enjoy soccer.

"Right now we're focused on the Cup. We don't want to get too carried away. We did that a couple years ago and paid for it.

"Tonight is a special night for the fans, for the manager, for the management as well, because Tim Leiweke [the club president], Phil Anschutz [the club owner], they put a lot behind this team and they got two teams that they own in the finals.

"So, it's a special night for them, so congratulations to them, but as a team we need to be ready."

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