David Beckham Scores Directly from Corner for LA Galaxy

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2012

CARSON, CA - MAY 23:  Midfielder David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy walks to the corner to take a cornerkick during the MLS match against the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center on May 23, 2012 in Carson, California. The Earthquakes defeated the Galaxy 3-2.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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David Beckham has had an interesting few weeks.

Left out of Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad for the 2012 London Olympics, the former England captain played a huge role in the stunning festivities of the opening ceremony.

Speeding up the River Thames, Becks delivered the torch to Sir Steve Redgrave, and the rest is history.

On Thursday night, Beckham delivered again.

He provided two assists and a goal in the CONCACAF Champions League against an Isidro Metapan side that couldn't contain his passing brilliance.

The team from El Salvador gave it a good go, but fell 5-2 to the MLS outfit.

Just before halftime, Beckham stepped up to take a routine corner. Swinging the ball near to the front post, the closest defender and keeper were caught off guard. Eventually, the ball was fumbled in for a rather strange goal.

A tad fortuitous for the Manchester United legend, but remarkable nonetheless.

Such a strike has been reminiscent of Beckham's recent form, where he's contributed five assists and six goals to L.A. Galaxy's difficult season.

His performances continue to question whether Pearce was correct to leave him out of the Team GB's squad.

Ryan Giggs only started two of four fixtures at the tournament. Beckham's current fitness would have afforded him more time on the pitch and provided a thoughtful alternative to energetic wingers such as Scott Sinclair and Craig Bellamy.

Unfortunately for British fans, the man who sent England to the 2002 World Cup with a stunning injury-time goal against Greece was never given the opportunity to shine.

His role may have been reduced, but as ever, he dealt with the disappointment in the best way possible: playing excellently for his club.

Although his season hasn't been perfect from a disciplinary point of view, Beckham continues to influence the team with impressive displays. One petulant ban against the San Jose Earthquakes is the only blemish on an otherwise stellar record this year (via The Daily Mail).

A record that, since he's been in the MLS, is looking to be Beckham's most productive ever. From a goal-scoring point of view, he has already surpassed his previous best.

The English ace is still one of the best dead-ball specialists in the world. Any player who can consistently hit the danger zone from set pieces deserves a little luck, and against Isidro Metapan, Beckham finally got it.