Los Angeles Soccer: Landon
November, 21, 2011
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Beckham kisses the MLS Cup trophy after what could be his final game in L.A.
CARSON -- When it was over, the first thing David Beckham did was look for his kids.
As fans chanted “We want Beckham!” and “Come back, David!” Beckham went searching for his sons Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, 9, and Cruz, 6, after the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 to win the MLS Cup on Sunday night at Home Depot Center.
He waved the boys over to join him on stage for the trophy presentation, put his arms around them and jumped up and down with them after the Galaxy was presented with the Philip F. Anschutz trophy.
Beckham will decide next month whether Sunday was indeed his final game with the Galaxy after signing a five-year deal in 2007, and the three boys he put championship scarves around after the game will have as much to do with the decision as anyone else.
He continually looked at them during the celebration to make sure they were savoring every moment. He has won his fair share of trophies during his career, but at 36 years old, regardless of where he is next year, he understands that these moments will soon end.
The last time he won a championship was with Real Madrid in 2007, which turned out to be his last season in Spain, and the last time he won before that was with Manchester United in 2003, which turned out to be his last season in England. Winning the championship in the last year of his contract with the Galaxy would be a perfect way to finish his time in the States, but that decision will not be made by Beckham alone.
He admits he will make his decision in the coming days after talking with his family. His sons were too young to remember Beckham’s title with Manchester United and still coming of age when he won with Real Madrid. Their formative years have been spent growing up in the United States. His infant daughter Harper was born in Los Angeles and his wife Victoria has a clothing line in the city.
“These are life-changing moments,” Beckham said. “I’ve been lucky enough to have children at a very young age, so Brooklyn, my oldest, has experienced being on the turf at Old Trafford and seeing me pick the Premiership [trophy] up, and all three of them were on the pitch at Real Madrid and all three of them were there tonight. These are great memories. I want my children to be a part of that. My little girl is a little too young for that but she was there with my wife.”
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