Beckham seals title for LA Galaxy

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Former England captain David Beckham scored a key goal for the Los Angeles Galaxy as they secured Major League Soccer's Western Conference title with a 2-1 home win over FC Dallas.

The Galaxy needed just a point to seal top spot in their final regular season game but fell behind to Atiba Harris' goal in the 22nd minute. However, Beckham levelled the scores 11 minutes later when he latched on to good work from team-mate Landon Donovan.

Juninho then gave Galaxy the lead in the first minute of the second half to ensure they entered the play-offs as the Western Conference's top seeds. They will face the Seattle Sounders in the Western semi-finals, with the point lifting them above MLS Cup holders Real Salt Lake, who must settle for second and will face Dallas in the play-offs.

In the East, the Columbus Crew rounded off their regular-season campaign with a 3-1 home win over the Philadelphia Union, leaving the Ohio side a point behind the New York Red Bulls in the final table.

A 14th-minute penalty from Guillermo Barros Schelotto set the Crew on the road to victory, and they will now take on the Colorado Rapids in the postseason.

The Red Bulls will go up against the San Jose Earthquakes in the other play-off match-up.