Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham announced today that MLS Cup 2012 on Saturday, December 1, will be his final competitive game with the club. Beckham has spent the past six seasons with the Galaxy, leading the club to three MLS Cup berths, and a 2011 championship.
"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," Beckham said. "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."
During his playing career with the Galaxy, Beckham catapulted Major League Soccer onto the world stage, dramatically enhancing its global profile and increasing the sport's popularity in the United States.
The arrival of Beckham has coincided with a period of unrivaled growth for both the Galaxy and the league. Seven expansion teams - Montreal, Portland, Vancouver, Philade...