Viral Video of the Day: David Beckham Curls Trademark Free-Kick Goal
David Beckham: Still got it.
Fresh off his surprising ESPY award win last week (if you don't know, don't worry), Beckham turned in a vintage performance Saturday for the Los Angeles Galaxy against West Coast MLS rivals the Portland Timbers.
At the ripe age of 37, Beckham scored twice as the Galaxy romped past the Timbers 5-3. And, yes, the goals were definitely worthy of such a zany scoreline.
Not convinced? Just ask the Associated Press, which had this descriptive little tidbit to say about the match (Beckham was mentioned before this, of course):
had a goal and an assist for the Galaxy (8-10-2), who handled the Timbers defense.
Well played, AP. But how does a team "handle" another's defense? To find out, take a look at Beckham's first goal, an all-too-easy 35-yard curler from open play in the 19th minute, right here.
Then watch his second, a signature curling free kick, in the video slot above. It's the B/R World Football Viral Video of the Day.
Vintage Beckham, no? It's a precision strike, an in-swinger that beats the wall then curls sharply into the net at the near post.
That makes five goals for Beckham this season, tied for the most in a single season during his MLS career (he also scored five in 2008).
Even more impressive is the fact that Beckham has taken only 27 shots this season, and just 12 on target. That means Beckham has scored with about 42 percent of his shots on target.
Not bad for a creaky 37-year-old, even in MLS.
So, why, again, was Beckham left off Great Britain's Olympic team?
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