David Beckham capped his career as a Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder with a second Major League Soccer championship as his team rallied to defeat the Houston Dynamo 3-1.
Landon Donovan scored the tiebreaking goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute yesterday after the Galaxy entered the locker room at halftime, trailing 1-0.
“I’m sad it’s the end,” Beckham, 37, said in a televised interview at Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. “Happy I’m wearing this uniform today. Happy I’ve been successful with this club for four years.”
Omar Gonzalez, named the Most Valuable Player, tied the score in the 61st minute for the defending champion Galaxy after Calen Carr opened the scoring for the Dynamo in the 44th minute. Robbie Keane added Los Angeles’ final goal on a penalty kick.
The Galaxy won their fourth MLS Cup, matching the record of D.C. United.
Beckham declined to say where he will be next season, although he said he would continue to support soccer.
“My commitment to this league, my commitment to this sport and this country will continue to be the same as it was when I came here six years ago,” Beckham said.
Beckham joined the Galaxy in January 2007 and helped the team win its third MLS championship last season. Although he signed a new two-year contract in January, it included an option on the second year.
His presence coincided with a period of unprecedented growth for the 17-year-old league, which has added seven clubs in the past six years. Fifteen of the 19 MLS teams now play in soccer-specific stadiums, up from five before 2007.
Beckham, who won league titles with Manchester United in England and Real Madrid in Spain before switching to the U.S., said he decided to leave the Galaxy because he had achieved everything he wanted with the club.
“I still feel like I have one more challenge in me as a player, even at 37 years old,” Beckham said in a televised interview on Nov. 20. “Where that will be yet, I haven’t decided.”