Obama welcomes Galaxy to White House
Obama congratulated the 37-year-old Beckham for defying age and injury to have one of his most successful seasons in MLS.
"A rare man that can do all that and have his own line of underwear," the president quipped.
Donovan and Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena presented Obama with a soccer ball and a Galaxy jersey with the president's name emblazoned on the back.
The team was scheduled to join First Lady Michelle Obama and young students from around the country to take part in a soccer clinic on the South Lawn following the ceremony.
The Galaxy finished the 2011 regular season with a league-high 67 points, with 19 victories and only five losses in 34 games. The club marched through the playoffs on the back of Donvovan, who scored three postseason goals, including the lone goal in the Galaxy's 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo in the championship game.