David Beckham: Five Memorable Major League Soccer Moments

Despite December's MLS Cup Final being his last match in a LA Galaxy shirt, David Beckham isn't ready to retire just yet.The Englishman's future isn't clear, however, Beckham will have the opportunity to leave MLS in style. The 37-year-old has already won a MLS title in 2011, and if the Galaxy can retain the trophy this year, it will put a true Hollywood ending on his time at the Home Depot Center. Beckham's time in Southern California may not have started as hoped, but there's no denying he has not only increased the league's appeal to players and fans alike, but he has also been a major part of the Galaxy on and off the field. Now with the Englishman's days numbered, here are five of Beckham's most memorable moments as a member of the LA Galaxy. Begin Slideshow
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Major League Soccer Notes, Rants and Raves: Week 2

Major League Soccer's second week is now in the books, and after two weeks, a picture is starting to emerge of how the regular season will pan out, though a lot of soccer is still to be played. I have come up with my MLS notes, rants and raves of the week after combing through a mess of match footage, scribbled notes and highlights.What comes next is the good, the bad and the ugly of Week 2.Begin Slideshow
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MLS Cup Champions: Looking Back at 16 Years of MLS Cup Champions

Major League Soccer kicks off its 17th season this weekend. Nineteen teams will compete for the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy over the course of a 34-game regular season.MLS will return to an unbalanced schedule for the first time in a few years. The Montreal Impact will become the league's 19th team, and LA Galaxy will hope to repeat as champions for the first time in their history. The 2012 season will culminate on December 1, making this MLS's longest season to date. For the first time in the cup's history, the final will not be held at a neutral site. Instead, it will be held at the stadium of the finalist with best regular season record.In preparation for kickoff, I take a look back at the previous 16 MLS Cup champions.Begin Slideshow
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Seattle Sounders Trade for Eddie Johnson, Who Attempts Career Revival

After a four-year sojourn in Europe and Mexico, former US international Eddie Johnson has returned to MLS. Johnson signed with the league on Feb. 17, and was allocated to Montreal Impact. In an attempt to remedy their own striker needs, the Impact sent Johnson to Seattle Sounders for Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle. Seattle finally has a strike partner for last season’s top scorer, Fredy Montero, and a player with experience in MLS and Europe.The Sounders haven’t had a quality partner for Montero since the signing of Swiss international Blaise Nkufo. However, Nkufo only appeared in 11 matches and decided to hang-up his boots in March 2011.Johnson joined MLS as a teenager in 2001. His early years were marked by inconsistency, something that has plagued his career. In seven MLS seasons, Johnson tallied 41 goals for Dallas Burn (FC Dallas) and Kansas City Wizards (Sporting KC). Johnson’s inconsistency followed him to the US national team as well. Though he had success at youth levels, he could not hold down a place in the senior team. Johnson’s international form was much like his club form, one good match followed by a series of poor performances. Johnson’s overall form improved in 2007, when he scored 14 ...
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10 Most Important 2012 MLS Offseason Acquisitions

Major League Soccer will kick off its 17th season on the weekend of March 10. As always, MLS teams have been busy in the offseason, shuffling rosters to make their squads more competitive and to fit within the league’s salary cap structure. Another expansion team, Impact de Montreal, have joined the league, pushing MLS to 19 teams and an unbalanced schedule. The playoffs have again been revamped by the league, and this year’s league schedule will be the longest yet. Now, with less than a month to go before the season kicks off, here are 10 players that should make their teams contenders for the MLS playoffs—or at least close enough, in a league in which over half the teams make the postseason. Begin Slideshow
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