Beckham ready to leave MLS on top

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Craig Stouffer

David Beckham's Major League Soccer regular-season debut came against D.C. United in front of a sellout crowd at RFK Stadium. He also faced United in his first start for the Galaxy six days later and scored his first goal.

His final match for the Galaxy could have come against United, too. But United failed to reach the MLS Cup, which will be Beckham's last game in MLS after six seasons and could give him his second straight league championship. When he left Manchester United and Real Madrid, he did so after winning a title.

While speculation back in August 2007 was what club Beckham would hit after his first game, talk is now about where the 37-year-old English midfielder will finish his playing career. England makes sense, since it is where he started, but there is interest in France, China, Australia and Japan.

After that, he has a contractual option to become an MLS owner, perhaps back in Los Angeles or maybe New York. It's no coincidence he's been a part of MLS during its greatest period of growth.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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