Beckham Aims for Back-to-Back Titles

Beckham Aims for Back-to-Back Titles

When David Beckham finally won the MLS Cup last November, took a little too much champagne and partied into the night with will.i.am, it was easy to feel that the English soccer icon had reached the end of his American adventure, and perhaps even the end of his career.

Yet there he was a couple of months later announcing he would be back with the Los Angeles Galaxy for two years, and there he still was on the pages of the tabloids, hanging out in Beverly Hills on his motorbike, or in his beanie, or at a coffee shop, or (if the paparazzi are really lucky) all three at the same time.

And here he is back in the MLS playoffs and, despite the Galaxy's abysmal beginning to a campaign they started as overwhelming favorites, with a realistic shot at going back-to-back. L.A. is in action Thursday night, hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps in a one-off elimination game that carries the prize of facing regular-season table toppers the San Jose Earthquakes in a home-and-home series.

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