Beckham leads Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (23) injures his back as he collides with New York Red Bulls midfielder/forward Dane Richards (19) and Dax McCarty, left, in the MLS Western Conference Semifinals game at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Nov. 3, 2011. The Galaxy won 2-1. UPI/Lori Shepler.

Is the David Beckham investment finally paying off?

David Beckham promised to repay the Los Angeles Galaxy’s faith and investment in him by finally ending the organization’s painful wait for an MLS Cup title.

The Galaxy have not tasted success since Beckham arrived in 2007 and now, in the final year of his lucrative contract, stand just two games from winning it all.

Beckham was outstanding Thursday night as the side overcame the New York Red Bulls 2-1 (3-1 on aggregate) in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal, setting up Mike Magee for one goal and winning a penalty that was converted by Landon Donovan for the second.

If he can produce a similar effort at home to Real Salt Lake in Sunday’s winner-takes-all Western Conference final, it will put the Galaxy in a strong position to move into the title game.

It would be a great story.