Beckham hoping to sign off with another title

Updated: November 29, 2012

The curtain comes down on the career of David Beckham at LA Galaxy this weekend after a 6 year association that is set to end following the MLS Cup final against the Houston Dynamo.

Beckham has been by far the most high profile player in the MLS, and alongside the likes of Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, the Galaxy have achieved great things during his time at the club. Last year Beckham became part of an elite group of footballers to have won leagues in 3 different countries, following 6 Premiership trophies in his time at Manchester United, the La Liga title with Real Madrid in his final year,  and the MLS Cup last year with Galaxy. Saturday would be a fitting send off for Beckham if the Galaxy can secure a fourth title.

Beckham has yet to disclose his next move however according to his team mates he is as fit as ever and playing the sort of football that would normally have waned by his age. He has had plenty of offers from clubs all over the world however it is becoming unlikely that he will return to English football. One expects an announcement after the weekend but first it is business as usual as he he has another trophy to win.

Galaxy’s opponents, at L.A.’s Home Depot Centre this weekend, are proof that success in North American soccer can also come from astute use of limited resources. Houston coach Dominic Kinnear has proved that point twice before with MLS Cup triumphs in 2006 and 2007 and he took his team to the final last year where they lost to the Galaxy. In midfield, crafty American Brad Davis will get a chance on the big stage after missing last year’s final with injury and his intelligent passing will be invaluable. Honduran Oscar Boniek Garcia, who is named after the great Polish attacker Zbigniew Boniek, has been in outstanding form in the play-offs on the right-flank, and his ability to run at defenders will be a worry for a sometimes shaky Galaxy back-line. Certainly Houston, with those two ingredients added, look a stronger proposition than a year ago, when they lost by a single goal in the final.

Galaxy, coached by the experienced, former US national team coach appearing in his sixth MLS Cup final, start as clear favourites. In the Western Conference final, Galaxy crushed Seattle Sounders 3-0 at the Home Depot and Dynamo keeper Tally Hall says that shows L.A. are in prime form.

Come what may on Saturday, Beckham has served Galaxy with great distinction during his time there, like he did at United and Madrid and deserves a lot of credit for his contribution over the years, however time left for one more challenge, for a man that has always been the ultimate professional.