Never a stranger to the big stage, David Beckham was finally overwhelmed and reduced to tears as he went out in a burst of fireworks and...
PARIS — Never a stranger to the big stage, David Beckham was finally overwhelmed and reduced to tears as he went out in a burst of fireworks and cheers Saturday in his final home game for Paris Saint-Germain before retirement.
Fans chanted his name before the game, and they chanted some more when he was finished. There was an outpouring of hugs, cheers, song and congratulations — from teammates, opponents and even former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
There also was some soccer to be played. And Beckham, appointed captain for the game, was involved in two of his team’s goals in a 3-1 victory over Brest.
He drew a roaring standing ovation and wiped away tears when he left in the 81st minute.
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“I want to say thank you to everybody in Paris. To my teammates, to the staff, to the fans,” Beckham told the fans after the game. “It’s been very special to finish my career here. It could not have been any more special.”
The former England captain announced Thursday he is retiring after the season.
“I just feel that it’s the right time. I feel that I’ve achieved everything that I could in my career. I wanted to go out as a champion,” Beckham said. “I’ve finished my career in a team that has treated me like I’ve been here for 10 years.
Beckham has yet to say if he will play in PSG’s last game, at Lorient on May 26. But his manager said he probably would not because the game will be played on artificial surface.
Timbers 2, at Whitecaps 2
Second-half substitute Jose Valencia scored in the 83rd minute to give Portland a draw against Vancouver.
Will Johnson also scored for Portland and assisted on the equalizer to help the Timbers (4-1-7) extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games. The tying goal came while Portland was playing with 10 men due to Mamadou Danso’s ejection two minutes earlier.
Camilo had a goal and an assist, and Gershon Koffie also scored for the Whitecaps (3-4-4).
Revolution 2, at Dynamo 0
Diego Fagundez scored and Houston added an own goal as New England (3-4-4) remained unbeaten in four of its past five games. Houston (6-4-2) lost consecutive games at home for the first time since 2010.
At Union 1, Fire 0
Jack McInerney scored his league-leading eighth goal in the third minute and Philadelphia (5-4-3) made it stand up in a victory over Chicago. The Fire (2-7-1) lost its third game in a row.
Crew 1, at Toronto FC 0
Dominic Oduro scored in the 42nd minute to help Columbus (4-4-3) continue its dominance of Toronto FC (1-6-4).
Rapids 1, at Earthquakes 1
Marvin Chavez scored his first goal of the season to help San Jose (3-4-6) earn a tie against Colorado. Nathan Sturgis put Colorado (4-4-4) ahead in the 26th, neatly turning home a Martin Rivero corner kick at the near post.