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Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers: Rating David Beckham's Performance

CARSON, CA - JUNE 17:  David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy reacts after just missing the net on a  direct free kick in the second half of the MLS match against the Portland Timbers at The Home Depot Center on June 17, 2012 in Carson, California. The Galaxy defeated the Timbers 1-0.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJune 18, 2012

All right, Stuart Pearce, you win. I was fool to think you would actually have any sanity, let alone common sense and exclude the Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham from the roster of Team Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games. But I will warn you, good sir: you're not winning a medal. That is the curse I put on your team these Olympics.

You are getting someone whose best days are behind him, and let me tell you: your Olympic journey is over before it even begins thanks your decision to not consider the reality laid before you, that David Beckham is not that good of a player. Let that be on your head heading into July.

Cue the evil laughter.

Now then, on to Beckham. And now, fellow readers, these matches in Major League Soccer now become training for Becks heading into the Olympics.

The objective for LA's No. 23 is to work on becoming a provider that the young Brits can rely on when they face Senegal, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, the latter which I am pegging to take Group A...with authority.

Todd Dunivant is not going to be suiting up for Team GB anytime soon, but in the 61st minute, he delivered a great ball to the Iron Man for the only goal of the match. Portland's Troy Perkins was clamoring for an obstruction, but referee Geoff Gamble wanted none of it and issued him a justly-deserved yellow card for dissent.

Still, the Galaxy cannot rely always on the calls of the referees to bail them out; it's going to rely on skill and ability. David Beckham has that, and if he can continue to work on finding the right people to deliver his set pieces, it's going to improver Team Great Britain's chances to medal at the Games.

Not a bad effort from Beckham on Sunday.

Rating: 7.5/10

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