Beckham on cusp of MLS glory


David Beckham's future has been the talk of football for several months now, with the former England captain still one of the hottest properties in the game.

And, whilst financial motivations could be argued as the reason behind interest from clubs like PSG and QPR, the veteran midfielder's form has been reminiscent of yesteryear during the current campaign.

His five-year contract with the LA Galaxy is set to expire at the end of this season, and in true Beckham-style, his side stand on the brink of MLS Cup glory in a final against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.

"I think wherever you play, whatever you want to do in your life, you want to be successful. I've been lucky enough throughout my career to be successful with Manchester United and successful at Real Madrid," he said in a pre-match press conference.

"Of course I want to win the Cup on Sunday. But it's more important for the club that we win the Cup on Sunday than myself."

Whilst you couldn't argue with the last comment, it's difficult to see how Beckham's time in the States will be regarded as a complete success without some silverware. That is likely to be the thinking of the Galaxy fans, at least.

And, whilst the Galaxy boasted the best record in the league season for a second successive year this term, they are still missing the biggest prize the sport has on offer in the country.

"It's only the last year or two that I've started to understand the playoffs. Playing in Europe things are different. When you win the league, you're champions," he said.

"We've had success in the last three years, we've got to the MLS Cup final, we've won two Supporters' Shields."

That previous MLS Cup final appearance, in 2009, ended in penalty defeat to Real Salt Lake, and was at a time when Beckham was not a fans' favourite at the Home Depot Centre.

How times have changed. Alongside Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, the team are unbeaten at home in 23 matches ahead of the Dynamo clash, which is taking place at - The Home Depot Centre.

With the odds heavily stacked in the Galaxy's favour, Beckham will be hoping to avoid an upset that would spoil what is almost certainly going to be his last game in the MLS. It would be a fitting send-off, given the increased revenues, TV money and exposure that has come since the 36-year-old former Manchester United star landed in California.

"We want the big one. We want the MLS Cup."

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