First off, I want to say this to Stuart Pearce: thank you. Thank you, from the very bottom of my sportswriting heart, for doing the right thing and cutting David Beckham from Team Great Britain. With your rightful decision, I now affirm my belief in your side, and wish you all the best. I must note, however, that I will leave it to the footballing gods to determine whether or not Team GB medals in London later this summer.
Now, with that out of the way, on to David Beckham's performance against the San Jose Earthquakes. Or, as it can also be interpreted, the lack thereof.
Beckham did get on the scoresheet in the 31st minute with a free kick that hit the near post corner with pinpoint accuracy. Jon Busch, the Quakes goalkeeper who had to be subbed midway through the match due to an injury with one of his own players, was not going to touch that bending ball that defined Becks throughout his playing career.
However, it also takes some professionalism and class to be considered for Team Great Britain, and he got carded for dissent late in the match. In addition, Beckham got into a verbal fisticuff late and also kicked the ball in frustration that could potentially see him suspended.
It's these things that really convinced Pearce that Beckham has no business being in Team Great Britain's roster. The offensive punch is there, but the professionalism and class isn't.
As a result of this, Beckham will get an average grade. I expect better because, for what it's worth, I expected better from a player of his stature this season. It's unfortunate, end of story.