DAVID BECKHAM - farewell dear LA Galaxy

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CARSON, Calif. (Monday, November 19, 2012) – LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham announced today that MLS Cup 2012 on Saturday, December 1 will be his final competitive game with the club. Originally signed in January 2007, Beckham has spent the past six seasons with the Galaxy, helping lead the club to three MLS Cup berths, including the third championship in club history in 2011 when they beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in MLS Cup 2011 at The Home Depot Center in front of a then-stadium record of more than 30,000 fans. 


 During his playing career with the Galaxy, Beckham catapulted Major League Soccer onto the world stage, dramatically enhancing its profile globally and increasing the popularity of soccer in the United States. The arrival of Beckham in Southern California and Major League Soccer has coincided with a period of unrivaled growth for both the Galaxy and the league, which is approaching the conclusion of its 17th season. Seven expansion teams - Montreal, Portland, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Jose and Toronto FC - have debuted since 2007 while 15 of the league’s 19 teams now play in soccer specific stadiums, up from five prior to 2007. Attendance at those stadiums are at unprecedented highs with an average of 18,807 fans attending games during the 2012 MLS regular season and nearly 22,000 fans turning out per game in the postseason. Additionally, exposure and recognition of the Galaxy and MLS are at all-time highs with the league maintaining national television broadcast deals with ESPN, NBC Sports and Univision while the Galaxy reached a 10-year broadcast deal with Time Warner Cable Sports in November 2011 that is the most lucrative in MLS history. "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." 


Beckham, who is managed by Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment, added, "In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year. I've been fortunate to win trophies, but more important to me has been the fantastic reception I've had from fans in L.A. and across the States. Soccer's potential has no limits in this wonderful country and I want to always be part of growing it." In his six seasons with the Galaxy, Beckham appeared in 98 regular season games, tallying 18 goals and adding 40 assists, good for the fourth most in club history. An MLS Best XI selection in 2011 and a three-time MLS All-Star, Beckham also helped the Galaxy qualify for the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League in each of the last two years and reach the Western Conference Championship in each of the past four years, advancing to MLS Cup three times. Beckham has excelled in the postseason, appearing in and starting all 16 playoff games that the Galaxy have played since 2009. In that time, he has recorded eight assists, which are the third most in club history, meaning that he has set up one third of his team’s goals in that time. He set an MLS record by becoming the first player ever to register an assist in five consecutive postseason games, including one in all four of LA’s games during their run to the 2011 MLS Cup championship. “Seldom does an athlete redefine a sport and David not only took our franchise to another level but he took our sport to another level,” said Tim Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group). “It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of his world, and more importantly, to have him be a part of ours.” A veteran of three World Cups and the most capped field player in England history, Beckham made 115 appearances for his country, scoring 17 goals while captaining the side on more than 50 occasions. His club career prior to coming to MLS was equally stellar, having won six Premier League titles during a sensational 12-year career at Manchester United that also saw him win the FA Cup twice and the 1999 UEFA Champions League title, helping United claim the “Treble” that season, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in addition to the Champions League. In July 2003, Beckham moved to Spain, signing with Real Madrid. In his final season at the Bernabeu, Beckham helped lead Madrid to the 2006-07 La Liga title, ending a four year title drought. Following that season, Beckham officially joined the Galaxy, debuting in a friendly against Chelsea at The Home Depot Center. “When David Beckham signed with the LA Galaxy in 2007, he set out to help grow MLS and the sport of soccer in North America,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “There is no doubt that MLS is far more popular and important here and abroad than it was when he arrived. David has achieved great things on and off the field during his time with the Galaxy, and he will always be an important part of our history. We look forward to his continued involvement with the LA Galaxy and the League.” Beckham and the Galaxy will play for the fourth MLS Cup title in club history and their second straight championship on Saturday, December 1 when they host the Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup 2012 at The Home Depot Center. That game is scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m. (PT) and will be shown live nationally on ESPN and TeleFutura. 



“Personally I’m feeling sad about this decision,” Galaxy midfielder Juninho said Tuesday. “I was sad when I heard the news. But it’s his decision and I hope it’s good for him.”
Defender Todd Dunivant said Beckham received some good-natured abuse in the locker room Tuesday, which is understandable considering Beckham was known as one of the team’s best practical jokers.
“You always have to jab him because he’d do the same to you,” Dunivant said. “Obviously we’re disappointed to lose him and I think he’s disappointed to be leaving as well, but he’ll have another chapter to go and so will we.”
Beckham, who has spent the last six seasons with the club, has fostered stunning growth of the game in this country since he signed with the Galaxy in January of 2007. Seven expansion teams have been added to the league and 15 of MLS’ 19 teams now play in soccer-specific stadia.
“It’s great in that it brings closure to David’s tenure with the Galaxy and MLS,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “David’s 37 years old. He can’t play forever. He’s done more in MLS and for MLS than any of us ever would have imagined.
“He’s worth a lot more to the league than we ever could have thought.
"He’s done wonders for the Galaxy and he’s done incredible amounts of positive things for MLS. We are now a well-known league around the world and we can attribute a lot of that to David.
It hasn’t been all smooth going, however. Beckham and the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, for example, had a well-chronicled, testy partnership when the England international first arrived on the scene, but Donovan now says he’s “grown a lot as a person since he’s been here.”“His six years in MLS have been tremendous and I think it’s more than any of us could have imagined.”
“I’ve watched him closely with all the things he does,” Donovan continued. “His leadership ability, how he handles himself. It’s been an inspiration for me.
“We haven’t always gotten along, especially in the beginning, but he’s a good person. I think we’re all very happy for him that he’s ready to move on and do whatever comes next.”
Donovan admitted the arrival of Beckham, especially someone of his standing around the world, led to some predictable difficulties, not only for the team but between the two stars.
“He would admit there’s been some hard times. It’s not easy when something like that happens,” Donovan said. “It kind of turns everyone’s world upside down when someone of his stature comes into a team. Thinking back I don’t think he could have handled it any better than the way he did. With all the attention and all the pressure and all the eyeballs on him it’s not easy. I think people forget that side of it.
“For him to come in and try to integrate was very difficult. There were some tough stretches, but overall it’s been a resounding success, in my opinion.”

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El 1 de diciembre de 2012, David Beckham abandonará la 'galaxia' de Los Ángeles. El jugador más mediático de los últimos tiempos dejará el fútbol estadounidense, donde ha jugado para Los Angeles Galaxy, para vivir "un último reto" antes de retirarse definitivamente.
"He pasado una época increíblemente especial jugando para LA Galaxy, pero quería experimentar un último reto antes del final de mi carrera. No veo esto como el final de mi relación con la liga, porque mi ambición es formar parte de la propiedad en el futuro".
Ese 1 de diciembre Beckham disputará la final de la liga norteamericana ante los Houston Dynamo, en el que será su último partido en la Major League Soccer (MLS), donde llegó en enero de 2007. Allí ha jugado durante seis temporadas, en las que ha jugado 98 partidos, ha marcado 18 goles y ha dado 40 asistencias de gol.
Ahora la incógnita está en ver dónde recalará el jugador británico. Los rumores apuntan a que podría ir a Australia, ya que la Federación Australiana de Fútbol quiso ficharle para disputar la A-League, la Primera División del país.
La carrera de Beckham.
1995-2003 - Manchester United (Inglaterra)
2003-2007 - Real Madrid (España)
2007-2008 - Los Angeles Galaxy (EEUU)
2009 - AC Milan (Italia)
2009-2010 - Los Angeles Galaxy (EEUU)
2010 - AC Milan (Italia)
2010-2012 - Los Angeles Galaxy (EEUU)

“Quiero experimentar un último desafío antes del final de mi carrera deportiva” explicó el jugador en un comunicado. 
Francia, China, Corea, Inglaterra y Australia son los posibles destinos del atractivo atleta si decide aceptar las ofertas que se dice está estudiando. Sin embargo, él aseguró a la salida de uno de sus entrenamientos que todo está aún en el aire y que tal vez hasta mediados del mes de diciembre no desvele cuál será su destino (su último partido será el día 1 de diciembre). “No garantizamos que nos vayamos a mudar a Inglaterra, ni que vayamos a quedarmos. Ya lo decidiremos”. Y es que Los Ángeles es una ciudad con gran significado para su familia. “Ha sido una etapa especial. Nuestra hija nació aquí así que es un lugar muy especial para nosotros” añadió.
“Tengo varias oportunidades sobre la mesa. Pero estoy ahora centrado en la final. Después me sentaré con mi familia y decidiré”
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