Galaxy Wins MLS Cup Over Houston Dynamo

Los Angeles Galaxy won its first MLS Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo. The championship was secured by Landon Donovan's goal in the 72nd minute on pass from Robbie Keane.

Beckham was brilliant throughout the postseason: "We've been through a lot this season," Beckham said. "We've had a lot of games. Bruce and his staff are the ones that got us to this game tonight."

Los Angeles had the most expensive roster in MLS history, but the Galaxy got full value from their three highest-priced players (Beckham, Donovan and Keane), particularly in the playoffs.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena -the first coach to win three MLS titles- felt the championship justified every expense and expectation of the experiment they started in 2007 with Beckham's move to America. "David is a champion," said Arena.

"I've been around great athletes and competitors in my life, and this guy is as good as it comes. Unbelievable desire to win. He's a great teammate, a great person. He's done it all in every country he's been in. What more can you say about a guy like this and what he's brought to this organization and this league in five years? He gutted it out tonight. He obviously wanted to be there."

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