David Beckham's first regular-season game for the Los Angeles Galaxy was a disaster as his side suffered a 4-0 drubbing by the Colorado Rapids and had Abel Xavier sent off. Beckham played in his first regular-season game in Colorado since joining the Galaxy last year. Beckham flew back from Europe after playing for England against France last Wednesday. "It's always going to be tough when you have international games," Beckham said. "I felt OK for most of the match, maybe not at my sharpest, but it was overall a tough game for us. We created chances, but didn't put them away." Colorado's English import Terry Cooke made more impact than Beckham, scoring the 10th minute opener and creating another goal. It was the third goal for Cooke, who made his MLS debut in 2005 following two years with Sheffield Wednesday. Christian Gomez converted a 60th minute penalty, Omar Cummings scored in the 67th minute and Colin Clark added the fourth goal 10 minutes from time.. Things got testy toward the end of the game. In the 90th minute, Galaxy defender Xavier was issued a red card after tackling Ciaran O'Brien. Right after that, O'Brien's hard tackle on Carlos Ruiz earned him a red card. "I'm finding it hard not to criticize some of the decisions tonight but I've just been told I'll be fined if I do," Beckham said. "I don't want that to happen. Referees have a tough job, but some decisions change games, and that's happened tonight" ... The Galaxy said the altitude played a part in their sluggish play, and that Gomez's goal deflated them. "The turning point was the penalty kick," Galaxy head coach Ruud Gullit said. "That caused a little bit of chaos in our organization, and we lost our head a little bit." Seven minutes later, Cummings got behind the Galaxy defense and made it 3-0. Clark finished the scoring when he maneuvered by Xavier and beat Cronin to the short side to make it 4-0. Beckham created chances for the Galaxy. In the 27th minute, his free kick went to Landon Donovan at the far post, but his popped-up shot was caught by goalie Bouna Coundoul. A minute later, Beckham had another free kick that was knocked wide, and then Beckham came down the right side alone and sent a pass across to Ely Allen, whose header attempt went wide. "That's Beckham, that's the way he plays and that's his strength," Coundoul said. "Before the game I reviewed how he kicks them so I kind of knew where the ball would be." The Galaxy's best chance to even the score came in the 45th minute, and again Beckham started things. His free kick from the left got to the goal mouth, but Cooke was able to control the ball before Carlos Ruiz could knock it in.
After the loss, Becks had to admit that the Galaxy deserved to lose since they didn't really play well thruout the game:
"Not our best night," Beckham said. "In the first half we didn't play our best but we created chances. When you don't play good football you don't deserve to win" ... Beckham and the Galaxy will have a chance to claim their first triumph when the team makes its home debut Thursday against San Jose. "We've got a good team. We've got good players," Beckham said. "We just need to take the positive from this and move on."
Personally, I'm still willing to cut the guy some slack. I hope he won't be flying back to Europe every other week to play over there because I really do believe all the traveling does have an averse effect on his game. He just needs to focus on the task at hand with the LA Galaxy and they'll start winning games. They have to ... otherwise someone's gonna demand a refund for that $50+ million dollar contract ;) [Source, Source]
Becks was already back home in LA by Sunday so he decided to take in an LA Lakers basketball game last night ... here are a few pics of Becks cheering the Lakers on to a 126-120 victory over the Washington Wizards:
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Well, at least one LA team had a good weekend :) Ah well ... again, I'm sure that Becks will be able to start pulling in wins for the Galaxy. I predict the home opening game this Thursday will be a happy one for the Galaxy.