Early in the match, Beckham played a lovely long ball to Robbie Keane, who played a square ball across the front of goal for what should have been a simple Landon Donovan tap-in. However, Donovan failed to convert the chance as the ball went slightly wide. Then, shortly before half time, Calen Carr scored to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead and momentum. At that point, Galaxy fans must have wondered if Donovan’s missed chance would come back to haunt the club.
The Dynamo’s 1-0 lead, and their title hopes, fell apart during a span of five minutes. Omar Gonzalez scored in the 60th minute and Donovan converted a penalty in the 65th minute to give the Galaxy a lead they would not relinquish. Keane scored an insurance goal on the Galaxy’s second penalty kick of the day in the 94th minute.
The Galaxy’s win gives the club their second consecutive MLS Cup title, but the bigger story of the day was Beckham’s final appearance in MLS. In November, Beckham announced he was leaving MLS.
“I’ve had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career. I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future,” Beckham said.
This leaves open the discussion of where Beckham will go next in his career. So far, the English star has played in the Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy, and the MLS in the United States. According to the Daily Mirror, Beckham will take his talents to PSG for the rest of the season. Imagine Becks and Posh taking over Paris!
Overall, Beckham has done what he hoped to accomplish with MLS. He helped grow the league and won two titles in the process. Today was a great achievement for the LA Galaxy and a fitting end to Beckham’s time in MLS.
Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com
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