Beckham secures MLS legacy


If there were any doubts over the success of David Beckham's time in America, they have surely been erased after the former England captain helped the LA Galaxy to MLS Cup glory last night.

Such is the way with American sports that winning the league simply isn't enough, and unlike last season, the Galaxy were able to go on to claim ultimate glory after Landon Donovan's delicate chip finish in the 1-0 win against Houston Dynamo.

The winner had a very British feel to it, with Beckham winning a flick-on to Republic of Ireland international Robbie Keane. After moving in-field with the ball, he slid a pass perfectly to Donovan, and the USA captain finished expertly past goalkeeper Tally Hall.

Victory was the culmination of five-years at The Home Depot Center for Beckham, and it's a moment the former Manchester United midfielder is eager to savour before making a decision over his future.

"I've loved it here. The fans have been unbelievable, the owners, the players... every one of them are heroes tonight. They've been incredible all season and this has capped it off," said a jubilant Beckham post-match.

"People were talking about if we didn't win tonight it was going to be a disappointment and an unsuccessful five years.

"It's quietened a few people, which is always nice."

During his time in the States, Beckham has raised TV audiences, gate receipts and merchandise sales to a new level.

However, the former Real Madrid star prefers to be judged by success on the pitch, something which up until now has eluded Beckham.

With an MLS title to add to Barclays Premier League and LA Liga honours, the theory suggests his time is up Stateside, but Beckham is having none of it for now at least.

"I've been lucky throughout my career to play for the biggest clubs in the world, at Real Madrid and Manchester United, and now for the biggest club in America," he added.

"Winning feels exactly the same wherever you are. It doesn't matter where I'm playing, what country, what club it is, but when you are successful and winning trophies they all mean the same thing.

"I've said that all the way along. It doesn't matter what happens at the end of the season."

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