Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA: Rating David Beckham's Performance
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David Beckham had another of those "par for the course" performances on Saturday in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 3-1 win over Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. His contributions to the match: two assists and a yellow card.
Yep. Par for the course indeed.
But that's David Beckham for you. As a provider, he is one of the best in Major League Soccer. When he is combined with Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas, the chemistry these three have makes for a competent midfield. When Mike Magee gets healthy and returns to action, it's going to make Beckham's job a little bit easier.
But let's go back to his two assists. In the 14th minute, Beckham had space from 25 yards out to find a streaking Robbie Keane, who was onsides in opening the match, 1-0. It was Juninho who set him up on that successful sequence.
Then, in the 48th minute of play, the three kings of L.A. teamed up. David Beckham sent a through ball to Keane, who sent another one to a streaking Landon Donovan. It was virtually the same play and the same sequence, at least in terms of the run towards the finish.
The critical element to those two goals was that Keane and Donovan were both onsides on the one-on-ones with Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who was stuck in no man's land. And when you're stuck in no man's land, you have no chance.
However, David Beckham sure has quite a hot temper when provoked, and there are times where just getting on with it and playing the game are a player's best option. So I am going to give Becks minus points for his pointless yellow card.
Of course, the assists and his play off the ball offset this yellow card penalty significantly. All in all, David Beckham had a good, if average, outing on the pitch for the Galaxy. His efforts in the midfield will be critical to L.A.'s success next weekend against FC Dallas.
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