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Last game together for Donovan and Beckham?

Nov 18, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

Beckham of the L.A. Galaxy celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps with Donovan during their MLS soccer match in Vancouver

Due to Los Angeles’ commanding lead over Seattle going into tonight’s second leg, we haven’t talked much about one interesting MLS playoff subplot. The Galaxy’s chance’s of advancing are high enough that we haven’t needed to kick at this looming possibility:

Given David Beckham’s age and increasing injury incidence, and given Landon Donovan’s career mid-life crisis, are we so certain that Major League Soccer’s most illustrious duo (ever, that is, not just currently) will share a club address next year?

Each time these two step on the field now, we could be witnessing the final 90 minutes of their six shared years with the Galaxy.

None of this is meant to be too sensational. Beckham, 37, surely could come back. He needs a break – which is why those reports last week of an off-season guest spell in Australia rang so untrue – but certainly has enough quality to keep going. He hasn’t been quite as influential as in the club’s 2011 run to MLS Cup, but it’s not like the former England captain is embarrassing himself out there. He’s been just fine, still passing smoothly through the midfield, still delivering free kicks and corner kicks with ample sting.

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Plus, Beckham plays his position in a way that limits his movement and, therefore, enhances any possibility of playing into 38.

Donovan? Hard to say, given those repeated warnings that a career shakeup is somewhere between “possible” and “likely.”

But he does have another year remaining on his MLS contract. And a rest is what the U.S. international most needs, just like Beckham.

Still, it deserves to be pointed out that a big Seattle rally could cap the Galaxy season quickly. And as we move into another eventful MLS off-season, a fair question is whether the high-profile duo will share a kit going further.

  1. footballer4ever - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Nothing gets a league buzzing than a big upset and SSFC beating LAG and DCU beating Dynamo by the required goals. SSFC vs DCU will be a refreshing final than LAG vs HOU for sure.

  2. manchestermiracle - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Hoping Donovan can play in the final against Houston.

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