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Beckham says MLS Cup will be his final game with Galaxy

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David Beckham said on Monday that the MLS Cup on Dec. 1 will be his final game as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Monday.

Beckham, 37, did not say what he plans to do after that.

His contract with Major League Soccer has a clause that allows him to become part of an expansion team ownership group.

"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, according to ESPNLA.com. "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 signed a two-year contract extension with the Galaxy in January after his original five-year, $32.5 million contract expired.

Beckham played six seasons with the Galaxy and helped the team to three MLS Cup berths, including the third championship in club history in 2011.

Since Beckham signed with the Galaxy on January 2007, seven expansion teams -- Montreal, Portland, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Jose and Toronto -- have been added to Major League Soccer.

"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, according to ESPNLA.com. "There is no doubt that MLS is far more popular and important here and abroad than it was when he arrived."
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