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David Beckham to leave LA Galaxy after MLS cup; Snoop Dogg sniffs at Celtic FC (Updated)

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As the L.A. Galaxy heads to the MLS Cup for the second year in a row, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) tells a Scottish newspaper that he's interested in Celtic F.C. investment opportunities and would look to sign his pal David Beckham.

First, the final. The Galaxy lost a Sunday night showdown in Seattle but won the aggregate victory over the Sounders in the Western Conference Finals. The L.A. team will defend its title when it faces Houston again.

KPCC's Ashley Bailey spoke with the voice of the L.A. Galaxy — broadcaster Joe Tutino — who said he expects the rematch to be a challenge, and that he wouldn't be surprised if tickets for the Dec. 1 MLS cup are sold out by Thanksgiving. 

"I don't think this is going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. You know, Landon Donovan has been dealing with a hamstring, Edson Buddel’s had some knee issues, David [Beckham] has been dealing with some ankle issues so this team is walking wounded right now, so hopefully they’ll be all healed and ready to go.”

Tutino told KPCC that tickets for the Galaxy-hosted final at the Home Depot Center were going fast as they left Seattle over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the LA Business Journal says that Snoop Lion — Snoop Dogg's Bob-Marley-incarnate moniker — is looking to "bring a bit of Snoop to things" and invest in Celtic F.C., according to a Daily Record report.

 “I got a lot of interest in soccer. It’s not a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in sports teams but it is a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in soccer teams. ... I see how passionate Celtic fans are about their team and I could see myself making an investment if any of the board wanted to sell. ... I haven’t really thought how much. I don’t need to run a soccer club but enough of a percentage to get me on the board so I can be heard."

The artist told the newspaper he was inspired by a recent win, but a variety of publications say he's been spotted sporting Celtic team wear for years. Regarding the real possibility of Snoop stakes, there could be "one wrinkle" in the plan, says Fox Sports.

[He] was once banned from even entering the U.K. after a series of drug and firearm offenses in the States and it is not known if he would pass the “fit and proper persons” test to own a stake in a Scottish Premier League side.

Regarding his would-be intention to sign his friend David Beckham, Snoop told the Daily Record that he would try, but "he is pretty happy over here. LA is home for him and his family now — but I would have to at least make that offer to my boy. ... I am going to speak to him about it. Never say never."

At least one ESPN soccer blog appears to be underwhelmed by the idea of Snoop buying into the club, calling him a "clueless bluffer" who "outed" himself to the Daily Record with comments like:

"I like [Georgios] Samaras a lot. He looks like a proper athlete and is a pretty dangerous player." 

Post author Chris Wright, disagreeing with Snoop's assessment of the player, writes about Samaras that "the man looks and plays like a poisoned horse."

UPDATED 4:44 p.m. - The L.A. Galaxy reports that David Beckham has announced an upcoming departure from the Galaxy, saying his final game with the Los Angeles team will be the Dec. 1 MLS Cup final.

Beckham has played six years in Los Angeles since his groundbreaking move from Europe, winning the MLS title last year during his best season stateside. The sometime underwear model and designer agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Galaxy in January after playing out his initial five-year deal, turning down deals with Paris St. Germain and other clubs.

The Associated Press notes that there was no mention of Beckham's retirement in the statement issued by the Galaxy, and that that could lead to worldwide speculation over his next destination. Beckham, as recently as last week, denied rumors linking him to a short-term stint in Australia.

With contributions from Nick Stoffel and AP

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