David Beckham Announces MLS Cup Will Be His Last Game for LA Galaxy: Reaction

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David Beckham Announces MLS Cup Will Be His Last Game for LA Galaxy: Reaction

David Beckham, the richest, most influential import in MLS history, will play his last match for the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2012 MLS Cup against Houston Dynamo on Dec. 1.

It started big, with a $32.5 million deal that shook the football world in 2007. It will end big too.

The 37-year-old former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England midfielder announced the decision on Monday. Said Beckham, via the team's official website:

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.

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Beckham holding aloft the 2011 MLS Cup. Will he lift the trophy again on December 1?

Beckham's announcement calls time on six seasons with the Galaxy, in which he was three times an MLS All-Star. He'll have a chance to add to his 2011 MLS Cup triumph in his farewell against Houston at Galaxy's Home Depot Center.

Few would doubt he's delivered on the club's record investment, as he's proved a hugely successful ambassador for the Major League Soccer. It seems slightly strange he signed a two-year deal in January, but sometimes a deal like that can serve both parties equally—Beckham to retain focus on the job at hand, Galaxy to cash in when the time comes.

In terms of what is next for Beckham, we'll get a better sense in the next few days. But expect him to be linked to clubs all over the world—Australia and China have already been mentioned—and expect most of it to be nonsense.

Here's some of the headline reaction to Beckham's decision on Twitter:

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