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Beckham hints at LA stay

SoccerNews in MLS 21 Nov 2011

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David Beckham did not rule out continuing his career at the LA Galaxy, after their MLS Cup final win over Houston on Sunday.

With his five-year contract with the Galaxy set to run out in the off season, Beckham finally delivered on his promise of bringing a Major League Soccer title to Los Angeles, as they secured a 1-0 victory.

“I’ve wanted to be successful for the Galaxy for five years, and tonight, I have that,” Beckham told The Washington Post.

“It’s been the most enjoyable time of my career in America over the last year, and this just tops it off.”

“I’ve said before, I need to sit back and relax and enjoy this moment, and then I’ll figure out what I’m going to do next year. I might talk in the past tense sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I’m leaving. It’s been an amazing five years.”

Langdon Donovan scored the only goal of the game after receiving a pass from Robbie Keane, who had been played in by Beckham.

“To be honest, the actual goal doesn’t mean a lot to me,” said Donovan, who was selected as the MLS Cup MVP after scoring a record 20th playoff goal.

“I, for the last month, have been so determined. I didn’t care who scored. I didn’t care if it was an own-goal that won it. Winning feels so good. Goals come and go, but when the whistle blew, that’s what I’ll remember.”

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was full of praise for Beckham after winning a third MLS title, the first coach to achieve the feat.

“David is a champion,” said Arena. “I’ve been around great athletes and competitors in my life, and this guy is as good as it comes. Unbelievable desire to win. ”

“He’s a great teammate, a great person. He’s done it all in every country he’s been in. What more can you say about a guy like this and what he’s brought to this organization and this league in five years?”

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