What David Beckham’s Departure Means for the Los Angeles Galaxy

In 2007, he came with controversy. Now, he leaves with countless thanks. David Beckham's last game with the Los Angeles Galaxy will be on Dec. 1 in the 2012 MLS Cup.

Team officials released a statement in which Beckham said,

I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career. I don't see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future.

The English midfielder has contributed greatly to the growth of Major League Soccer and the success of the Galaxy. Beckham has been a staple in LA's midfield for many years, so the big question now is how the Galaxy will fare without him.

Manager Bruce Arena has always liked to send out a central midfield pairing of Beckham and Juninho—the young Brazilian that is on loan from Sao Paulo—when possible.

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