Beckham to buy into LA Galaxy as he bows out in style
The midfielder signs off with a second MLS Cup triumph but could return as investor
DAVID BECKHAM'S LA Galaxy career ended in triumph at the weekend as he helped his side to a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final. The 37-year-old is quitting the American club after five-and-a-half years, but it is now rumoured that the former England captain will buy a stake in the side.
Beckham did not make the scoresheet on his final appearance for the Galaxy, but he was instrumental as they recovered from a goal down to win the cup for the second successive year.
"This was classic Beckham," said Duncan White in The Daily Telegraph. "He has always had the knack of making the perfect exit. He won the Premier League in his last season with United, La Liga in his last season with Real Madrid and now he was leaving America in style too. It was unthinkable that it could have ended any other way."
He was given a standing ovation when he was substituted late in the game but returned to the field after the final whistle to join in the celebrations draped in a Union flag and with his three sons in tow.
However, it might not the last time he is seen at the Home Depot Center, home of the Galaxy. "In true Hollywood style, after the success of a blockbuster there is always a sequel in the pipeline... [and] the final whistle signalled the kick-off for the next phase in his relationship with America," noted The Times.
It predicts that Beckham will now become a "high-profile minority partner" in the consortium that owns the club. And his $25 million investment is expected to happen soon.
"MLS are convinced that Beckham was highly effective in growing the league and want him to help maintain the momentum without a break, even if he is playing abroad," added the paper.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is expected to carry on playing for a club in Europe, but his ties to California will remain strong.
"Even if based abroad in the coming year, he could still act as an ambassador and recruiter for the Galaxy," claimed The Independent. And The Guardian suggested that he could stay in the US. "His warmth for life in America is genuine and he noted how happy his family have been here. His sons were mascots for the final and have grown up in LA," it said.
Beckham and his wife Victoria have also increased their profile while in the US. They became well-known for their friendships with A-list celebrities and appearing in underwear adverts. Victoria has arguably been more successful than her husband. She arrived in LA as a second-rate pop singer and has reinvented herself as a respected fashion designer.
"Their brand has been burnished by the Galaxy episode," claimed the BBC.