David Beckham coy over his future after LA Galaxy win
DAVID Beckham remained non-committal over his future after helping the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final on Sunday night.
Beckham and Robbie Keane combined to set up Landon Donovan for the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory in front of a sell-out crowd of 30,281 inside the rainy Home Depot Center.
The win handed the 36-year-old former England captain his first title in the United States - the Galaxy's first since 2005.
Beckham's future is up in the air with his five-year contract due to expire next month, but he insisted that had not affected him in the build-up.
"Not at all," he said on ESPN. "I play the game to win. Whether I stay or not, I've had an amazing five years.
"I've loved it here. The fans have been unbelievable, the owners, the players... every one of them are heroes tonight. They've been incredible all season and this has capped it off."
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder said at the pre-match press conference that winning an MLS Cup title would not be a factor in his decision to stay or go, and he reiterated that stance at the final whistle.
"I've said that all the way along," he said. "It doesn't matter what happens at the end of the season.
"People were talking about if we didn't win tonight it was going to be a disappointment and an unsuccessful five years.
"It's quietened a few people, which is always nice."
While Beckham has had to wait five years for his first title, it took only a matter of months for Keane to achieve the feat following his summer move from Tottenham.
The Republic of Ireland captain admitted the fatigue had got to him in the closing stages after a busy fortnight in which he returned to Europe to help his country qualify for Euro 2012 with a two-legged play-off triumph over Estonia.
"It was a very tiring week, to be honest," he said. "I was a bit tired tonight.
"The travelling got to me a little bit towards the end. Six games in two weeks - it's a bit tough, but we won and that's the main thing."
Beckham revealed he had played the match with a slight tear in his hamstring.
He told Sky Sports News: "I tore my hamstring four days ago - we told everyone it was a cold. I tried to sniff during the press conference but I don't think anyone believed me.
"I'll enjoy this tonight, I'll have a glass of wine - but I think we all deserve a glass of wine after this victory."