Beckham to sign off from Galaxy

Updated: November 20, 2012

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham announced Monday that MLS Cup 2012 on Dec. 1 will be his final competitive game for the club.

Beckham, 37, originally signed with the Galaxy in January 2007 and has been an important factor in the growth of MLS and soccer in the United States over his six seasons in Southern California.

Beckham was an MLS Best XI selection in 2011 and a three-time MLS All-Star. In 98 regular-season matches with the Galaxy, he tallied 18 goals and 40 assists, which is good for fourth-most in team history.

He also started 16 playoff matches for LA since the 2009 season and recorded eight assists while helping the club capture the 2011 MLS Cup title at Home Depot Center with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo.

The London native set an MLS record by becoming the first player to register an assist in five consecutive postseason games,

Beckham stressed on Monday that he is looking for 1 more playing challenge before he hangs up his boots, fuelling speculation that joining the likes of Italian great Del Piero Down Under is likely.

Beckham also mentioned that he will return to the States and get involved in the Franchise ownership once he has called time on his career.