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David Beckham Plays Last LA Galaxy Match
David Beckham's LA Galaxy teammates urged him to stay on for another year after they won their second successive Major League Soccer Cup.
A chant of "one more year" rang out from the Galaxy locker room as the players celebrated their 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in Beckham's final game in MLS.
While their hopes will surely be in vain, the reaction epitomised the affection he has come to enjoy.
Beckham, however, has been adamant that now is the right time for him to end his time as a player in MLS. But he deflected questions about where his next stop would be.
"I have no idea," Beckham said.
"More important I am happy wearing this uniform ... I am happy I have been successful with this club.
"Today (Saturday) is a special day for us to win another championship in front of our fans at home. In front of our friends, family ... it was really special. Today's a good day."
At 37, Beckham's career is coming to a close but he has said he has no plans to retire yet.
He is expected to make a decision on where he will end up playing next by the end of the year.
Sources close to the player have confirmed an approach by Monaco.
He has also been linked with a possible move to Ligue 1 high-flyers Paris Saint-Germain. There have also been offers from China, Russia and Brazil for the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player.
Beckham celebrated in the Galaxy dressing room with his teammates, taking turns spraying each other with bottles of champagne.
"We were telling David that we wanted him for one more year," said defender Todd Dunivant.
"We said that last year too and we got it, so why not push our luck a little bit? We will see what happens."
Appearing both happy and relieved, Beckham paused at one point during the post-match news conference, after losing his train of thought, before saying: "Too much champagne already."
"At the end of the day, winning a championship in my last game at Manchester United and winning a championship in my last game with Real Madrid and then winning championship here in my last game it never gets old."
Beckham's presence in the US has also helped the league achieve unprecedented growth.
Since 2007 when Beckham started with Galaxy, the league has expanded from 12 to 19 teams and it has more than doubled its overall attendance.
"My impact will be down to what other people decide. But I think I have had a successful time here. When I came here six years ago my commitment was to the Galaxy, to the league and to the sport and that doesn't change even though I am not playing here."
But Beckham's time in southern California has not been without controversy.
He has faced criticism for missing games and has had run-ins with fans, especially when he first arrived.
His loans to European teams, which caused him to miss parts of MLS seasons, angered some Los Angeles fans who displayed their dislike with signs at games that said "Go home fraud" and "Part-time player."
The Galaxy also made several mistakes in their handling of Beckham, including giving the appearance that they were treating him as just any other player despite paying him more money for one practice than several of his teammates made in a full season.
Controversies aside, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said he was sure Beckham, who has won league titles in his homeland with Manchester United and in Spain with Real Madrid before two titles with Galaxy, would find success.
"Many would think it is the last chapter, I think David thinks there is another chapter and if there is it is probably going to be another great championship," he said.
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