The work by the supporting cast took a lot of burden off David Beckham's shoulders but it did impact his rating.
Ho hum. That's all it was. It was simply another ho hum performance for midfielder David Beckham as the Los Angeles Galaxy rolled to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday.
Nothing too fancy, nothing too outstanding, just regular workmanlike football from a player who has worked all his life to get to where he is today. But sometimes having a ho hum performance isn't so bad if you have a solid supporting cast to back you up.
Three of those members—Landon Donovan, Mike Magee, and Robbie Keane—were the stars of the show. Oh yes, and Juninho's efforts in closing space and winning second balls were commendable. The effort by those players reduced the work that Beckham needed to do as a provider.
He had a number of set piece opportunities that just didn't materialize the way he wanted to. Had at least one them gone through, perhaps the rating for Becks may have been improved. Also, Beckham picked up a yellow and did have some words with referee Allen Chapman.
The thing about this is that this might be the situation Beckham faces as a member of Team Great Britain. The Olympic Football Tournament from the men's perspective is about the kids. They are the stars of the show.
David Beckham is going to generally have these types of ho hum performances and get away with them in London because he can rely on the young players to do the work and help Team GB's cause.
All in all, this was a night in which Beckham didn't have to do too much because the supporting cast lifted the burden for him. It was all a matter of creating plays and generating set piece opportunities—otherwise knows as "par for the course."