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MLS Cup, the day after

So, the LA Galaxy won the MLS Cup. Landon Donovan, who scored the lone goal against Houston, was the MVP, and deservedly so. David Beckham played like the star he is, and it's nice to see him get a trophy as his 5-year contract expires. Becks insists he hasn't decided what lies ahead, but my guess is he is done with MLS and will head to Paris and play for PSG. He and his family do like life in LA, so he could surprise us all and stay, but my gut says the 36-year-old icon will take on a new challenge.

After the game, he told reporters: "I need to sit back and relax and enjoy this moment and decide what I’m going to do. I might talk in the past tense every now and again but that doesn’t mean I’m not coming back. At the end of the day I need to decide what’s best for me, what’s best for the team and what’s best for my family. We’ll see. It’s been an amazing five years.”

Beckham won a title with Manchester United in 2003, and then left. He won a title with Real Madrid in 2007, and then left. Will he do the same with MLS?

By the way, give it up for LA coach Bruce Arena, who managed the egos and the expectations and led the best team in the league to the title it deserved. Arena wins wherever he goes, and remains the most accomplished American coach ever.

Finally, MLS honchos can't be too happy with the 0.8 MLS Cup TV ratings on ESPN. A taped Chelsea vs. Liverpool match earlier in the day on Fox drew nearly double at 1.5. Why do you think the MLS Cup didn't draw bigger audience? Certainly Beckham and Donovan should be big draws. Was it because of the 9:30 p.m. start? Or do people just prefer EPL to MLS? Share your thoughts.

 

 

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