By Barry Stavro
5:22 PM PST, November 19, 2012
The Galaxy announced this afternoon that David Beckham's last game with the team will be the MLS Cup championship match against Houston on December 1.
"I've had an incredibly special time playing for the L.A. Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career," Beckham said. "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."
Beckham, 37, has played six seasons with the Galaxy and the team is hoping to defend its MLS title with a win over Houston next week.
Last week Beckham denied a report that he would play some games next year for an Australian club. He has often said that he'd like to have ownership stake with an MLS team.
The Galaxy pulled off a huge coup in 2007 when it annouced that Beckham, then the world's most popular soccer player, had agreed to a five-year deal to join the team. After the Galaxy won the MLS title last year, Beckham agreed to a two-year extension with the team.
Beckham, who played in three World Cups for England, made his mark during his 12 years with Manchester United in the English Premier League and won six Premier League titles. The midfielder also helped Real Madrid win the La Liga title in 2006-07.
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