Beckham Leaving Galaxy
Superstar seeks final challenge before legs give out
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2012 1:01 AM CST
Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham appears on the pitch before their MLS Western Conference championship soccer match against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – Soccer icon David Beckham is ending his playing career with the Los Angeles Galaxy after six years that sparked unprecedented growth for Major League Soccer. The 37-year-old says next month's MLS Cup Final will be his final game with the Galaxy, as he wants to "experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career," the Los Angeles Times reports. "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," he added.

Beckham scored 18 goals in 98 games for the club, and his years in the US saw the league add seven expansion teams and gain a major worldwide audience. "There is no doubt that MLS is far more popular and important here and abroad than it was when he arrived," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. "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."