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Beckham silences critics with MLS title success

22 November 2011, 13:47

Miami - David Beckham's five-year stint with Major League Soccer finally delivered his first league title with L.A. Galaxy on Sunday, completing another turnaround for one of the game's most polarizing figures.

Now it remains to be seen whether the MLS Cup victory over the Houston Dynamo was Beckham's American swansong or if a return to Europe, or even retirement, are his next steps.

The crowd at the Home Depot Center made their preference known at the end of the game, chanting 'Come Back David' but it was only a few months ago that many U.S. fans were hoping he might leave for good.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder missed the bulk of last season due to an Achilles tendon injury picked up while on loan to AC Milan, a move many disapproved of.

In order to get fully fit for this season, Beckham went back to Britain to train with Tottenham Hotspur, during MLS's long off-season and skipped the early stages of the Galaxy's pre-season to continue working out near London.

"I wanted to go somewhere and train and not take the three months off and sit around doing nothing," said Beckham at the time.

But not everyone agreed with his choice and Beckham's commitment to the Galaxy was questioned with one pundit beginning the season's first televised game with a thinly-veiled swipe about Beckham "buying Shepherd's pie" in London.

- Reuters

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