LA Galaxy vs. Toronto FC: Rating David Beckham's Performance

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2012

CARSON, CA - MARCH 14:  (L-R) Jou Plata #7 of the Toronto FC, David Beckham #23 and Sean Franklin #5 of the Los Angeles Galaxy pursue the ball in the first half during a CONCACAF Champions League game at The Home Depot Center on March 14, 2012 in Carson, California. Toronto FC defeated the Galaxy 2-1.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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David Beckham, earlier this week you said that you wanted to remain a champion until you hang up your cleats and retire from the world game.

Losing matches left and right is not going to fulfill that promise you made to yourself, now is it?

Case in point: Exhibit B, the Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-1 defeat to the champions of Canada—Canada, of all places!—Toronto FC in the second leg of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

(Seriously, the CCL has officially been turned on its head. Now there can be as much as a 75 percent chance of the trophy remaining in Mexico, and a 25 percent chance it could remain in the same city. Yep, some things never change. By the way, Exhibit A was the 3-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake.)

Once more, the set piece slot machine that Beckham strategically placed in the corners, the Galaxy's attacking third, and the corners again were cranked, turned...and resulted in a payoff of nil. You know, Beckham can have as many as 30 set-piece opportunities in a match—that's right, a big three-zero—and not a single one will be converted. That's just how futile he was in terms of set pieces.

If that wasn't bad enough, the finishing was worse. Every shot on goal Beckham had was speculative and questionable. I'm not sure where Beckham was trying to hit it towards, but a first-year LA Blues player could have done better than this.

Why? 'Cause first-year LA Blues players have fresh legs. And if you have good match fitness and are in form, then the outcome is a little bit better. Balls get placed a little bit better, and there are people in white who can head it home.

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David Beckham's match fitness is going to be important to the success of this team. Had Beckham been given time to rest on Saturday in the match against Real Salt Lake, the outcome and dynamics would have changed.

With this said, I don't expect Beckham to start against D.C. United Sunday, so that he can get some rest. But then again, I'm not the gambler Bruce Arena is. Any way you put it...worst game thus far for Beckham. It can only get better, because things can't get any worse. Right?

Rating: 4/10


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