When David Beckham first arrived in Major League Soccer in 2007, many wondered how much of an impact he would really have on the game here in America and how much of his coming to the U.S. was really just a media stunt by MLS.
And in the early years of his MLS career, those doubters looked correct. Beckham struggled to impact the L.A. Galaxy in a positive way, found himself being criticized by teammate and MLS stalwart Landon Donovan and drew ire from Galaxy fans who found his loan spells to AC Milan to be a sign of Beckham's waning commitment to the league and the Galaxy.
However, in his last two years, Beckham proved his value to the league, his club and their supporters, winning two MLS Cups.
Here are the five best goals from Beckham's tenure in MLS.
David Beckham scored this beauty early in the 2012 campaign against the Portland Timbers. The goal came in the 91st minute, sealing a 3-1 win.
Beckham didn't take a great first touch when he first received the ball, but given enough space to take a hit, Beckham crushed it past goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
It was awarded MLS Goal of the Week honors and the television commentary says it all, "Beckham in a lot of space… Oh, that’s marvelous... Not a goalkeeper in the world stopping that."
This one comes courtesy of David Beckham's specialty, the free kick. He beat goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on the near post to help the Galaxy earn a 1-1 draw.
As the television broadcast put it, the goal was “trademark Beckham...He’s done it his whole career…It’s a fantastic, world-class free kick from Beckham into the top corner.”
It also won MLS Goal of the Week honors.
Here we have another example of David Beckham posterizing Timbers keeper Troy Perkins, this time in a 5-3 win for the Galaxy.
On the play, Beckham takes control of the ball 35 yards from goal and beats Perkins with an absolute wonder strike into the far corner.
The commentators said it best, "Oh, goodness me! Pure genius from David Beckham in front of the Timbers army...This is a world class finish."
This is an old one, coming from David Beckham's second season in Major League Soccer.
On the play, Beckham bent the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box past Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando in the run of play. The commentators called it "a magic finish."
As if that wasn’t enough, he scored another goal later in the game to complete the comeback for the Galaxy from their 2-0 deficit.
Beckham was named MLS' Player of the Week for his efforts.
There's not much to say on this one—it's just another example of David Beckham's unparalleled genius on free kicks.
The Galaxy won the game 4-1.
Ok, yes, this is technically a sixth goal in a slideshow of David Beckham's five best MLS goals.
But how can you not include this wonderful game-winner from 2009's SuperClasico?
On the play, Beckham correctly reads where the ball is going to go after a long throw into Chivas' box and puts home the winner on a nice shot, taking the ball off the short hop to put it off the far post and in.
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