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Friday 22 August 2014

David Beckham pledges support for MLS

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 01: David Beckham #23 of Los Angeles Galaxy has a free kick in the second half while taking on the Houston Dynamo in the 2012 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on December 1, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 01: David Beckham #23 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates after teammate Omar Gonzalez #4 scores a second half goal against the Houston Dynamo in the 2012 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on December 1, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 01: Akaccia Wagnor reacts as she holds up a sign for David Beckham as the Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo in the 2012 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on December 1, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

David Beckham insists his personal involvement with Major League Soccer is not over after ending his five-year stay in the United States in style.

The former England captain bowed out after five years with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Cup final, with his side seeing off the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to take the trophy for the second year in a row.

It was a triumphant finale to 37-year-old Beckham's American odyssey, though when he made the move from Real Madrid in 2007 he had claimed he was partly motivated by the chance to promote his sport in the USA.

He has yet to reveal where he will play next, though he has no shortage of lucrative offers awaiting his attention. But regardless of his destination, he claims the MLS will remain important to him.

"This is very special for us. To win at our own home is fantastic," he said.

"I always said I was going to stick by it. When I'm committed to something I'm committed to the end.

"It's sad that it is the end; this has been a special place for me and continues to be special to me.

"I'm happy to have been part of this for nearly six years and to have been successful with this club for four years.

"I'm going to continue my commitment to this league, this country and this sport. My commitment stays the same to growing this league and growing the sport in this country."

Asked where he would be playing next, Beckham responded by playing to the fans in California's Home Deport Centre.

"I have no idea, what's more important is that I'm happy I'm wearing this (Galaxy) uniform today."

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