November 19, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced that after six years, David Beckham, Major League Soccer‘s first-ever designated player, will play his last game with the defending champion at MLS Cup on December 1.
The Galaxy will host Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup final.
Beckham, 37, is still interested in pursuing playing opportunities, but not in MLS. There are offers out there from France, England, Brazil, Australia and China, among other leagues.
“I actually don’t feel as if I’m ready to retire yet,” said Beckham in press conference. “So that’s not one of my options right now.
I still feel that I have something left in me as a player. I still feel like I have one more challenge in me as a player, even at 37 years old. I still can play at a high level. Where that will be yet I haven’t decided. I have some exciting opportunities on the table. But right now my focus is on the final.”
But after MLS Cup, Beckham’s career as an LA Galaxy midfielder is over.
“I came to the decision solely because I felt that I achieved everything I wanted to achieve with the Galaxy on the field and off the field. On the field, to have been able to have played in – by the time next Saturday comes around – three finals in six years, to have been able to lift the championship last year in our own stadium, I felt I achieved everything I wanted to.
Almost, because I want to win another championship before I go.”
Beckham has deal in place to buy MLS franchise
Although Beckham’s celebrated playing contract with the Galaxy has expired, in that contract there’s a deal in place for the former England captain to buy an MLS franchise. Rumors are swirling that franchise would be either the proposed second New York MLS club or the Galaxy, which is for sale as part of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG).
In 2009, Beckham told me of his plans to own an MLS franchise.
“It’s definitely something I’ve talked about and have got the option to do,” said Beckham. “There’s a deal in place where I can purchase an MLS team or start a franchise, so it’s something that I’m definitely interested in and I wouldn’t have something in my contract without wanting to do it. I can’t go into specifics but the option is there.”
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