With Manchester United in 2003 and Real Madrid in 2007, David Beckham was able to leave both clubs with a league championship in hand.
In 2011, in the final year of his first contract with the LA Galaxy, Beckham and his teammates defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in what would have been a fitting end to Beckham’s MLS career.
However, in the offseason, Beckham re-signed with the Galaxy.
Now, a year later, Beckham has announced he will be leaving the Galaxy after this year’s final whether the Galaxy win or not.
Should they win, the Dynamo will be the first team that has denied Beckham a championship in his final year with any club.
Boosted by an outstanding playoff run, full of confidence and wanting revenge for last year’s final, the Dynamo will be tough to beat.
Although the Galaxy do have the home-field advantage and an impressive playoff run of their own, Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear has been excellent in setting up Houston for success.
The Dynamo's style isn’t pretty, but it is effective.
With a red-hot Will Bruin up top, an underappreciated Brad Davis, Corey Ashe, Boniek Garcia and Kofi Sarkodie bombing up and down the flanks, Adam Moffat and Ricardo Clark holding down the middle and Andre Hainault, Bobby Boswell and Tally Hall holding down the back, the Dynamo have a serious chance to ruin Beckham’s MLS finale.