Soccer World Reacts to L.A. Galaxy's MLS Championship

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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.

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Below is a sampling of how the soccer world reacted to the Galaxy win and Beckham’s departure.

Galaxy midfielder Jack McBean:

The Galaxy’s A.J. DeLaGarza

2008 U.S. Olympic Team midfielder Sacha Kljestan:

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team forward Alex Morgan:

Columbus Crew midfielder Chris Birchall:

D.C. United’s Michael Chabala

Sporting KC’s Jimmy Nielsen

Italian player Marco Di Vaio:

L.A. Lakers player Pau Gasol also caught Galaxy fever:

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