CARSON, Calif. -- If David Beckhams five-year football odyssey in the United States is about to end, hell go out playing at his highest level in five years. The English superstar hasnt decided where hell play next season, but hes determined to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a Major League Soccer championship this month. "Obviously, if you look at statistics and the games Ive played, it is the best season since I moved to L.A.," Beckham said Wednesday after the Galaxy prepared for the home leg of their playoff matchup with New York. "Its nice to have that at 36 years old, because people start to doubt you, but its the best season Ive had since I moved here. The management, the team, everything has been set up perfectly. Its been a great year." Beckhams groundbreaking MLS contract expires next month, and even if he isnt in the mood for career evaluation just yet, the midfielder realizes he cant stop fans from speculating on his future, whether its in Paris, London or back in Hollywood. His mission to invigorate football in North America has been neither a complete success nor a total failure, but Beckham is enjoying this moment -- the chance to play at his peak abilities alongside Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and their Galaxy teammates. After winning the Supporters Shield for finishing top of the MLS table, Los Angeles can advance to the Western Conference final with a win or draw against the Red Bulls on Thursday night at Home Depot Center, where the Galaxy havent lost all season long. If the Galaxy get through, the Western Conference final will be on Sunday night, followed by the MLS Cup in two weeks -- also on the Galaxys home pitch. Beckham provided the assist for Mike Magees goal last weekend in Los Angeles opening-leg win over Thierry Henrys Red Bulls, adding to a remarkable season in which he finished second in MLS with a career-best 15 assists. After a loan spell at AC Milan and enduring long recoveries from injury during previous seasons in Los Angeles, Beckham has been in the Galaxys lineup all season, a major factor in his superb form. "He has demonstrated his quality all year long," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "I dont think he would ever need to prove he was worth bringing here. Hes done great things for this franchise and great things for this league. Im happy its turning out this way for David. ... Just his presence on the field is going to make a difference to our team. Hes a special player with a wealth of experience. I think our team can depend on David." Yet Beckham cant go anywhere without people wondering whether hell stay in California -- and by extension, neither can Arena. "These are the same questions that come up every year, regardless of his contract status," Arena said. "Im sure if David wanted to be here next year, he would be here." If international football were governed by North American-style "tampering" rules, a good chunk of Europes top clubs would have to pay astronomical fines for openly coveting Beckhams services. Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League sides Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers have all cited Beckham as an ideal acquisition, with PSG currently receiving the most ardent speculation after sporting director Leonardo revealed his serious interest last month. Yet the Galaxy havent given up hopes of keeping Beckham for at least another year, if not the rest of his career. Tim Leiweke, the president of Galaxy owners AEG, has repeatedly said he thinks Beckham will stay in Los Angeles, and Donovan says the Galaxy players are assuming Beckham will be back firing passes over the middle again next year. Donovan has experience in choosing lifestyle over cutthroat competition after previous career stops in the German Bundesliga and Everton. "His ability to pass the ball is better than anybody in this league, and better than a lot of people in the world," said Donovan, the U.S. national team star who scored 12 goals for Los Angeles this season. "When he gets an opportunity in time and space to make a play, he can do it." Beckhams wife, Victoria, the former Spice Girl turned fashion designer and style icon, would seem right at home in Paris or Milan, but its clear the Beckhams and their four children love living in L.A., with its perfect weather, international flair and casual attitude toward celebrity. Their oldest children attend school near their palatial home in Beverly Hills, and Beckhams sons -- Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz -- clearly enjoy having the run of Home Depot Center, often sitting in their dads locker playing hand-held video games after the Galaxys matches. And while preparation for a run at Britains Olympic team could factor into Beckhams decision, its clear the Beckhams still have a celebrity that transcends location after the familys half-decade stateside. David Beckhams income from personal sponsorship deals rose an astonishing 30 per cent to nearly $24 million in 2010, according to Britains Companies House. The latest sponsorship deal announced on Wednesday is with British supermarket chain Sainsburys. The former England captain will promote its sponsorship of the 2012 London Paralympics, with adverts encouraging more children to take up sports. "Theres always new goals," Beckham said. "Theres a lot of things that Ive enjoyed here, and will continue to enjoy." cheap nfl jerseys wholesale
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