Soccer World Reacts to L.A. Galaxy's MLS Championship
In one fell swoop, the Los Angeles Galaxy claimed its second consecutive Major League Soccer title and played its final game with superstar David Beckham in the lineup. Before a record crowd of 30,510 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-1.
The game was tied until its 65th minute, when Landon Donovan scored on a penalty kick. Omar Gonzalez took home the MLS Cup Most Valuable Player award for his dominating performance. But with Beckham’s announcement last month that he would be leaving the AEG-owned team after six seasons, much of the focus was placed on his final game.
Below is a sampling of how the soccer world reacted to the Galaxy win and Beckham’s departure.
Galaxy midfielder Jack McBean:
MLS Champions again. Unbelievable. #blessed Lets celebrate this one!!— Jack McBean (@jackmcbean) December 2, 2012
The Galaxy’s A.J. DeLaGarza
Oops we did it again... twitter.com/AJD_20/status/…— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) December 2, 2012
2008 U.S. Olympic Team midfielder Sacha Kljestan:
Beckham, Thanks for everything you have done for MLS and our sport in America. It was fun playing against you. Good luck!!— Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan) December 2, 2012
U.S. Women’s Soccer Team forward Alex Morgan:
Congratulations to @lagalaxy What a turnaround from the start of season. And congrats to David Beckham on a great Journey with the team.— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) December 1, 2012
Columbus Crew midfielder Chris Birchall:
MASSIVE congrats to the best team in the MLS. Everyone said they wouldn't but the believers knew they could! @lagalaxy MLS CHAMPS AGAIN 2013— Chris Birchall (@chrisbirchall7) December 2, 2012
D.C. United’s Michael Chabala
Congrats to @lagalaxy!— Michael Chabala (@Chabala6) December 2, 2012
Sporting KC’s Jimmy Nielsen
Congrats to LA for winning the MLS Cup. #BeckhamIsALegend— Jimmy Nielsen (@PumaNielsen1) December 2, 2012
Italian player Marco Di Vaio:
Congratulations L.A. to win the MLS cup!!!— Marco Di Vaio (@divaio9) December 2, 2012
L.A. Lakers player Pau Gasol also caught Galaxy fever: