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Big news, David Beckham fans: The British soccer legend has announced he's leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy. The 37-year-old made the announcement over his Facebook page earlier this morning.
"Hi guys, you may have read today about me leaving the Galaxy. I've had an incredibly special time playing in LA, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career. I'm aiming to go out on a winning note though in the MLS Cup Final next month," Beckham writes on his Facebook page.
He continues, "In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year. I've been fortunate to win trophies, but more important to me has been the fantastic reception I've had from fans in L.A. and across the States. Soccer's potential has no limits in this wonderful country and I want to always be part of growing it. 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."
Though Beckham doesn't specifically say what he'll be doing next, it sounds like he wants to purchase a team and manage them. Beckham has been playing soccer professionally for more than half of his life -- he started at Manchester United when he was 17-- so it makes sense that he would want to spend some time off field. This is the end of Beckham's five-year contract with the Galaxy, which he signed on July 1, 2007.
Prior to playing for the Galaxy, Beckham was a member of Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan and the English national soccer team. Beckham helped the Galaxy win its third Major League Soccer Cup in 2011 when the team beat the Houston Dynamo in a 1-0 match. The MLS Cup 2012 will be held on Dec. 1, 2012, and the Galaxy and Dynamo will face off again.