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Beckham leads LA to Western title

David Beckham
Beckham was given a standing ovation by the Galaxy fans

David Beckham's LA Galaxy side have confirmed themselves as Major League Soccer Western Conference winners after a 2-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes.

England midfielder Beckham, 34, played an integral part in Sunday's win at the Home Depot Centre.

"We wanted to finish off on a high especially in front of our fans and we did do that," Beckham told

Galaxy will face Chivas USA, who lost 3-2 to Houston Dynamo, in next week's semi-final series.

Beckham, capped 115 times by England, received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Jovan Kirovski four minutes from time on Sunday.

That was a marked contrast from earlier in the season when he was confronted by Galaxy fans who jeered him on his return from a loan spell in Italy with AC Milan.

Whilst Galaxy clinched a place in the play-offs three weeks ago, Beckham insisted that it was important they continue their momentum to secure what is the team's first Western Conference title in seven years.


"It was important we won the game, to be top in our division," he said.

"We've played better in games and we've passed the ball better in games but we won the game.

"It pleased the fans that it made us the top but we don't stop here.

"There is still a lot of work to be done but I'm happy with the position we're in."

The Galaxy's win on Sunday - their first victory over the Earthquakes in three attempts this season in the 'California Clasico' - was not without good fortune.

They opened the scoring when Landon Donovan's cross was deflected into his own net by San Jose's Bobby Burling before Donovan scored the clincher 13 minutes from time.

Galaxy visit Chivas on 1 November in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals, with the return match on 8 November.

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