At 37, Galaxy midfielder David Beckman is more than twice as old as two of his teenage teammates. And there are days, he says, when he feels even older.
"It's always harder when you're 37," he said after training Friday. "You always have niggling injuries and you always find it harder to get over games."
But despite that, Beckham isn't thinking about retirement just yet.
"I said I wanted to continue playing as long as possible. So we'll see what age I finish at," he said. "I love the game so I want to continue playing it. I still obviously want to play at a high level. And if I feel that I can't play at that level then I'll try to stop."
Beckman, Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year last year and a midseason all-star this season, promised Los Angeles an MLS Cup title when he signed his first Galaxy deal in 2007. He made good on that pledge last season but still re-signed with the team in January hoping, in part, to prove his fitness and earn a spot on the British Olympic team.