It’s no secret now: MLS Cup 2012 will be David Beckham’s last game as a member of Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy. The reaction has been positive, from all over the world. There is no question that Beckham, despite being a player that underachieved in terms of talent for his age, has made Major League Soccer more professional in its style and has improved the quality of play in this league.
Without David Beckham, players like Robbie Keane, Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, Fredy Montero, Cuahtemoc Blanco and even the polarizing Rafael Marquez would not have considered playing in MLS. This is a player that set the precedent for years to come.
“Personally I’m feeling sad about this decision,” Galaxy midfielder Juninho said Tuesday to LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “I was sad when I heard the news. But it’s his decision and I hope it’s good for him.”
“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. His six years in MLS have been tremendous and I think it’s more than any of us could have imagined.”
However, if people think this means Beckham will retire from playing…those thinkers have another thing coming.
“People have talked about my retirement. People have mentioned when I’d retire,” said Beckham to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “And I actually don’t feel as if I’m ready to retire yet. So that’s not one of my options right now.”
A number of destinations have been rumored, but no decision is expected to be made until near the end of December at the earliest. At this point, Beckham’s focus is on the Galaxy’s MLS Cup Final match with the Houston Dynamo, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.