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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.
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:
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 2, 2012
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