Beckham set to play last game with Galaxy

  • Soccer legend David Beckham announced on Monday he will play his final game with the Los Angeles Galaxy when the Major League Soccer(MLS) club hosts Houston in the league championship next month.

    The 37-year-old former England captain and veteran of three World Cuts said: "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 has scheduled a news conference in Los Angeles later today.

    The soccer star has spent the past six seasons with the Galaxy, leading Los Angeles to an MLS Cup title last season when they beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0.

    Beckham and the Galaxy will play for their second consecutive crown when they face the Dynamo in a repeat of last year's final on December 1 at the Home Depot Center.

    Beckham added in a statement released by the team that though the game would be his last for the Galaxy, he hoped to move on and eventually become a part-owner of an MLS team in the future.

    "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," he said.

    Beckham has played in 115 matches for England, scoring 17 goals while captaining the side on more than 50 occasions.

    He captured a half dozen Premier League titles during a sensational 12-year career at Manchester United that also saw him take home the FA Cup twice and the 1999 UEFA Champions League title.

    In July 2003, Beckham signed with Real Madrid, helping them win the 2006-07 La Liga title. He joined the Galaxy the next year, debuting in a friendly against Chelsea at the Home Depot Center.