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LA Galaxy brass react to retirement of former club icon David Beckham: "A person you cannot replace"

David Beckham and Bruce Arena after MLS Cup

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The reaction continues to pour in after former MLS star David Beckham announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday.

Tops on that list is his former MLS club, the LA Galaxy, which he led to two back-to-back MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012.

“Today is a day to celebrate David Beckham and the completion of his fabulous career," LA manager Bruce Arena said in a club statement. "In addition to being such a great player, David is also a great personality, a great teammate, a great friend and family man. He is a person that you cannot replace, on the field or off and our club is in a better position for having him play for us in the six years that he did.”

READ: Beckham announces retirement after 20-year soccer career

Galaxy president Chris Klein spoke about the club's interest in maintaining a "relationship" with a club icon.

“David was a tremendous ambassador for our club and our league and it was an incredible honor in having him wear the Galaxy colors," Klein said in a club statement. "We join the world in celebrating all of his achievements in the sport and look forward to continuing his relationship with our club.”