Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake: Rating David Beckham's Performance

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJune 21, 2012

SANDY, UT - JUNE 20: David Beckham #23 and Sean Franklin #5 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrate their win over Real Salt Lake after an MLS soccer game June 20, 2012 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Los Angeles Galaxy beat Real Salt lake 3-2. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy had their biggest victory of the season, a 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake on the road at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The kicker: midfielder David Beckham didn't play much of a factor in all of it except for the passing aspect of the game. He did have a couple of chances and his best chance came in the 22nd minute, when a free kick just missed the top-right corner by meters.

The issue here for Beckham as he continues his preparations for London is that he still cannot find the right people to receive his set pieces on a consistent basis.

Case in point: 17th minute, when a free kick for Beckham was headed high and over the crossbar by David Junior Lopes. I am sure that the kids on Team GB can finish those chances better than Lopes will ever finish them.

Also to his credit, Beckham did help sway the calls for referee Kevin Stott, who I think was starstruck by the moment of it all. While the RSL fans will disagree with me here, I will go for the record and say that Kevin Stott called a fair match.

That said, I still don't think Beckham played much of a role in determining this contest. That honor goes primarily to Landon Donovan, whose efforts as the captain turned the tide against Real Salt Lake.

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