CARSON, Calif. — David Beckham’s MLS farewell came about a minute before the final whistle Sunday, a timely stoppage that allowed the crowd of 30,510 to toast the English superstar one last time. Amid a wave of emotion on the field and inside jam-packed Home Depot Center, he hugged Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, his goal-scoring teammates, before reaching the sideline and embracing his replacement, Marcelo Sarvas.
Beckham had lifted the profile of the ambitious league, endured injury and controversy, and on a gray day marking his last official match in MLS, Beckham departed as a champion. A two-time champion, in fact. The Los Angeles Galaxy came from behind in the second half to defeat the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, for a second straight MLS Cup title and fourth overall, tying D.C. United for the league record.