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Seeking redemption, Donovan stepped up to the penalty spot and converted. With the five-time champion contemplating his future, there’s an outside chance it may have been the final goal of his illustrious career.

“When you’re in a moment like that, you feel like you’ve let the team down,” Donovan said, alluding to his earlier miss. “When the penalty came, I’m not going to fool anyone and say I was calm about it. I was pretty nervous.”

While Houston threw numbers forward, the Galaxy deflected the chances. When Keane drew a foul on Hall in stoppage time and slotted home his penalty kick, it was the icing on the cake.

Seconds later, Beckham exited to a thunderous ovation, making way for Marcelo Sarvas and ending an era in MLS. Though the Englishman, who draped himself in an American flag amid the postgame celebration, will never play another MLS game, there’s little doubt the legacy of him and this Galaxy team will live on.

“I just hope I’ve brought a bit of interest to the game,” Beckham said. “If that’s the single thing that I’ve done, then great. I think the foundations are there now in this league.”