Substitute Jeff Cunningham got to rest for much of the hot afternoon, so he had some spark left late in the game. Cunningham won a duel with a defender, then beat goalie Steve Cronin in the 88th minute to give Toronto FC a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday. Cunningham and the Galaxy's Greg Vanney were fighting for the ball just outside the box, and Vanney went down. Left all alone, Cunningham made Cronin commit, then coolly kicked the ball past him. "It was probably a 50-50 ball," Cunningham said of his skirmish to control the ball. "At that stage of the game, I thought that might be our last opportunity. Thankfully I was able to win the battle." Cunningham came on to replace Danny Dichio in the 65th minute. Dichio scored Toronto's first goal, and Jarrod Smith the second as they never trailed. "I thought he [Cunningham] would bring a breath of fresh air," Toronto coach John Carver said. "On both sides, the legs were getting tired." Landon Donovan scored twice to bring Los Angeles from behind before Cunningham gave Toronto the final edge. The victory was the first for this season for Toronto (1-2), which came into MLS as an expansion team in 2007, and first ever over the Galaxy (1-2). "We're trying to build something and things don't happen overnight," Carver said. David Beckham made a number of fine passes to set up opportunities, but none led to a score. He was ineffective on several free kicks. His shot from 29 yards in the 83rd minute brought a gasp from the crowd, but just missed to the left. "We lost our [discipline] in the second half, some of it to the heat, but the majority of it by giving the ball away," Beckham said. "That's when the problems started. Then they started passing the ball around us and they created chances."
It must be rough for Becks to have to keep coming up with ways to explain new losses. I'm sure reporters make a beeline for Becks after each game, win or lose, so that they can get a quote from him ... I'm sure it's not easy always having to speak for the entire team. I have to admit, it's a bit disheartening to have all these losses from a team led by the illustrious David Beckham. In the end, I'm not really all that torn up about the Galaxy's losing streak since I'll still be a fan regardless but I can understand the frustration of folks who expect the world from a player like our dear Becks. You can't really feel all that bad for Becks either ... I'm sure he plays mostly for the love of the game (along with the megamillions that come with his contract) so he surely must get satisfaction from just being out there on the soccer pitch. Winning isn't everything ... it can't be, otherwise he'd prolly have retired by now. [Source, Source]