Beckham's Galaxy win MLS Cup
David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy beat Houston 1-0 on Sunday to win Major League Soccer's MLS Cup, giving the English superstar the Hollywood ending he sought to his ground-breaking Galaxy deal.sports Updated: Nov 21, 2011 11:20 IST
David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy beat Houston 1-0 on Sunday to win Major League Soccer's MLS Cup, giving the English superstar the Hollywood ending he sought to his ground-breaking Galaxy deal.
Landon Donovan's 72nd-minute goal, from a pass by Irish international Robbie Keane, was enough to secure the victory for the Galaxy.
Beckham, who won six Premiership titles with Manchester United and a Spanish League title with Real Madrid, captured his first MLS championship in the final match of his five-year deal.
The triumph put the finishing touches to a season in which the Galaxy produced the best regular-season record in the league and were unbeaten at home.
The lone goal of the match came as Beckham headed a ball to Keane, who ran into the area and fed Donovan, who fired home.
When the final whistle blew, Beckham wrapped his arms around Donovan and lifted him off his feet in celebration.
Donovan paid tribute to his "warrior-like" teammate, saying Beckham injured a hamstring earlier in the week and was "playing on one leg."
Beckham himself was just happy to claim the title so widely predicted when he arrived Stateside to great fanfare in 2007.
"It's about time," said Beckham, who could yet have a sequel with the Galaxy if team officials can persuade him to return.
Beckham, who is also being wooed by French club Paris Saint-Germain, wouldn't be drawn on his future.
"I'm glad all the hard work of the season paid off," he said. "I play the game to win. Whether I stay or not I've had an amazing five years."
First Published: Nov 21, 2011 11:16 IST