Los Angeles Soccer: Isaka Cernak
Now we're left to wait, a few weeks probably, before we learn whether David Beckham will return to the Galaxy, a decision he says he'll make during Christmas break with his family.
If his deliberations lead to Paris Saint-Germain, then he wrapped up his tenure with L.A. with a string of stunning performances, the last in his finale, an entertaining friendly Tuesday against the Melbourne Victory.
Beckham was creative and vibrant, steering a Galaxy attack that finally came alive in the second half of a 2-2 draw at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. L.A., its legs weary from the long postseason trek, rallied from a two-goal deficit on two Robbie Keane penalties, then won a post-90 minute shootout from the spot.
It was a decent close to a spectacular season that began, with preseason work, way back in January, and when they regroup next month -- after about six weeks off -- so much will depend on what decision Beckham makes. He is so vital to how they attack that an offensive rethink will be necessary if he signs in France or, less likely, England.
That was apparent again Tuesday, with Beckham again dictating the Galaxy attack, delivering telling long balls, bending crosses and space-opening passes -- and, more so than usual, getting ahead in the attack and finding a few scoring chances.
Beckham's best chance came from 60 yards. A Victory giveaway in the 13th minute gave him an open path in the center circle, and seeing goalkeeper Ante Covic well off his line, he blasted a line drive that drifted left. It was almost a replica of his near-goal Saturday against the Philippines.