Beckham exits Cloud 9 with Galaxy

L.A. defeats Houston to win its 2nd consecutive Cup

Landon Donovan scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the second half of the MLS Cup on Saturday in Carson, Calif., and the Los Angeles Galaxy allowed David Beckham to walk away from the MLS a two-time champion. Enlarge photo

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Landon Donovan scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the second half of the MLS Cup on Saturday in Carson, Calif., and the Los Angeles Galaxy allowed David Beckham to walk away from the MLS a two-time champion.

CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan scored the tiebreaking goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, and David Beckham left Major League Soccer as a two-time champion with the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup on Saturday.

Omar Gonzalez tied it in the 61st minute with a long header for the Galaxy, who defended their title in a rematch of last season’s championship game.

With a stirring second-half surge capped by Robbie Keane’s goal on another penalty kick in injury time, Los Angeles won its fourth MLS Cup, tying D.C. United for the MLS record.

The Galaxy also gave an appropriate farewell to Beckham, the 37-year-old English midfielder who transformed the league and his team over six seasons in L.A. Beckham will play elsewhere in the new year, but he hasn’t disclosed his immediate plans.

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