One day after he announced he was leaving the Galaxy, David Beckham said he wasn't necessarily leaving soccer, leaving open the possibility he could be playing somewhere else next year.

"I still feel that I have something left in me as a player," he said Tuesday. "I still feel like I have one more challenge in me as a player, even at 37 years old. I still can play at a high level.

"Where that will be yet I haven't decided. I have some exciting opportunities on the table. But right now my focus is on the final."

The final is the Dec. 1 MLS Cup, Major League Soccer's championship game which Beckham said Monday would be his last competitive match with the Galaxy, the team that brought him to the U.S. six years ago. Following the MLS Cup, the Galaxy will play a series of exhibition games after which, Beckham said, he will make a decision about his future.

"There are options," he said. "And I'm very lucky at my age to have options. My decision will be made around December or in the new year.

Beckham's representatives had already talked to teams in Australia about playing there and China has been mentioned as another possibility. Beckham could also return to Europe to play for a short time, allowing him to retire on the continent where he first became an international icon. About the only place he ruled out is the U.S., insisting he would not play for any MLS team other than the Galaxy.

"People have talked about my retirement. People have mentioned when I'd retire," he said. "And I actually don't feel as if I'm ready to retire yet. So that's not one of my options right now."

Eventually Beckham is expected to exercise a clause in his Galaxy contract that allows him to become part of an ownership group with an MLS team.

"I still want to be part of this league. I still want to be an ambassador for this sport in this country," he said. "And that continues."


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