Injury, what injury? David Beckham scored the Los Angeles Galaxy’s second goal in a game against arch-rival Chivas USA to lead the Galaxy to a 2-1 victory. Beckham’s signature bending of a ball over and around a defensive wall on a set piece from 25 yards out was the difference.
David Beckham was subbed for later in the game but was still able to contribute with a goal six months after tearing his Achilles heel. It was a must-win for the Galaxy to maintain a hold on first place over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference standings with three games left to play.
Edson Buddle started the scoring on a brilliant ball that he slammed to the far side of the net after an earlier shot hit the crossbar. Buddle took a fantastic pass and one-timed a powerful shot into the net for the first tally of the game.
Later in the first half it seemed that Los Angeles would cruise to a victory when David Beckham’s goal fooled the keeper who took a step in the wrong direction. That one step to the right meant the ball into the net for Beckham’s signature scoring method. It also proved to the world, and to Beckham himself, that he was back from his debilitating injury. If there was any doubt about Beckham’s ability to play, it was erased in this game with one bend of the ball. Beckham’s goal proclaimed he was back. The shot was Beckham’s first goal of the MLS season.
The second half almost saw the Galaxy unravel. Beckham was subbed for as he seemed to be wincing. One player was sent off for a bad challenge when he stepped in the middle of a Chivas’ player’s chest. The last ten minutes of the game were played a man short and suddenly Chivas looked like they could pull out a tie.
Instead, David Beckham’s troops hung on for a victory that put them two points ahead of Real Salt Lake. Los Angeles plays against Philadelphia, Colorado, and FC Dallas to end up the season. Colorado should be their toughest remaining test.
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