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Beckham begins title repeat bid with Galaxy
 
LOS ANGELES, March 9 (BSS/AFP) - David Beckham returned to the Los Angeles Galaxy last January saying he did not want to settle for only one Major League Soccer title after ending a landmark five-year deal with his first MLS crown.

On Saturday, the English midfielder gets back to business
when the Galaxy's 2012 season opens at home against Real Salt
Lake with a ceremony and the hanging of the club's third MLS
championship banner.

"It's not unfinished business. It's just doing it over
again," Beckham said when announcing his new one-year Galaxy
deal. "I've never come back after a season with the Galaxy and
been a champion. I wanted to have that feeling.

"We're not finished. I'm not just happy with one
championship. I want more."

Other MLS matches on Saturday's opening night of the season
find Sporting Kansas City at DC United, New England at San Jose,
Columbus at Colorado and the new Canadian expansion team, the
Montreal Impact, at Vancouver.

Beckham, who turns 37 in May, won six English Premier League
titles with Manchester United and a Spanish league crown with
Real Madrid.

Now he will try to make the Galaxy the first back-to-back
MLS champion since Houston in 2006 and 2007 and only the third
all-time after DC United won the inaugural two crowns in 1996 and
1997.

A fourth league title for the Galaxy, whose other MLS crowns
came in 2002 and 2005, would match the all-time record of DC
United.

The core of last year's championship line-up is back for the
Galaxy, including Irish playmaker Robbie Keane and US striker
Landon Donovan.

"Landon is a dangerous player," Beckham said. "If you have
players like that and they have chances, they're going to
capitalize on them. It's great to have Landon back, he's a great
player for us."

Real Salt Lake, who beat the Galaxy in the 2009 MLS final,
have plans on knocking off the defending champions on opening
night and taking home the 2012 crown as well, general manager
Garth Lagerwey said.

"Doesn't matter who's hurt. Doesn't matter who's healthy,"
he said. "We've got to win. If we don't, we fail."

Donovan has struggled with bronchitis since being loaned to
Everton of the English Premier League but he scored the equalizer
in the 89th minute of a 2-2 CONCACAF Champions League draw for
the Galaxy at Toronto on Tuesday.

"I wanted to make sure I paced myself correctly," he said.
"I haven't trained and played much so I wanted to be smart about
it."
 
 
 
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