Beckham says MLS Cup his final

Soccer star moving on

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LOS ANGELES - David Beckham says the MLS Cup next month will be his final game with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Beckham and the Galaxy announced the superstar English midfielder's decision Monday, a day after the defending MLS champions advanced to the league final.

Beckham has played six years in Los Angeles since his groundbreaking move from Europe, winning the MLS title last year during his best season stateside.

Beckham agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Galaxy in January after playing out his initial five-year deal, turning down deals with Paris St. Germain and other clubs.

Beckham didn't announce his retirement in the statement issued by the Galaxy, which could heat up worldwide speculation over his next destination.

Last week, Beckham pointedly denied rumors linking him to a short-term stint in Australia.

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