David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy were dancing with wolves dressed in all white on Thursday night against Real Madrid. Predictably, they fell by a score of 5-1 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The only contribution Beckham made to the match—aside from a number of set-piece opportunities—was a delivery in the 23rd minute that found defender Omar Gonzalez, who immediately found a waiting David Junior Lopes for the Galaxy's only goal of the match.
Afterward, it seemed as if Beckham was left out to dry.
He did have some touches, but the midfield of Jose Callejon, Lass Diarra, Xabi Alonso, Kaka and Angel Di Maria was too much for him to take.
He couldn't do it alone, but there was no chance that Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas could run with Real's midfield.
After 45 minutes, Beckham took a curtain call and watched the reserves get a lesson in how to play with pride.
There are those who really feel that David Beckham deserved to be on Team Great Britain. Jose Mourinho is one of them.
“There is something I don't understand,” Mourinho told Yahoo! Sports. “I know because I was also inside of that project: if the Olympic Games are in London, it is because of him. It's because of Sebastian Coe and other people, but he was the most important face of that project. I don't understand why he's not playing. I cannot understand.”
Well, you know why, Jose? Your Real Madrid team proved that he didn't belong. Then again, so did the New York Red Bulls. But that's for another time.
In summary, it was an expected beatdown at that at the hands of Real Madrid.
On a positive note for the Galaxy, Beckham did get on the scoresheet with an assist, while poor Cristiano Ronaldo didn't even sniff it.
At least that is something Beckham can smile about when the Galaxy travel to Seattle to take on Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders in a more important MLS game.
Beckham could have done more to help influence this match, and so he scores just short of a 5.0.