Last Sunday night the Los Angeles Galaxy wrapped up their home and home series against the visiting Seattle Sounders with an entertaining showing by the LA side, and an epic performance by David Beckham.
The Englishman assisted in both of the Galaxy’s goals, which were initiated from a set piece.
“This is the best [Beckham has] played since he’s been a galaxy member,” confessed his teammate and captain Landon Donovan. “He’s inspiring everyone, the way he’s running, the way’s defending, the way he’s talking on the field leading and with his production, he’s been fantastic.”
Becks acknowledged he did well on the pitch, but for it being his greatest game since coming back from injury, or in his entire MLS career, the midfielder said nay and considered the match against the Colorado Rapids a few weeks ago was his defining moment.
27,000 fans in attendance were amazed with set pieces that resulted in goals. One in the 19th minute in which Edson Buddle headed it in, and the other a few minutes later; this time headed in by defender Omar Gonzalez.
Fans, players, and coaches praised the 35 year old. But Becks stayed humble and just considered it another day at the office.
“It’s what I’ve done for many years; but obviously it’s important to have players to put the ball on the top of their heads,” said Beckham. “I know if I put the ball in the right area we’ve got brave enough players, good enough players to score goals. So, it worked tonight, some other nights it hadn’t, but tonight worked."
The Galaxy advanced and will face off against FC Dallas this Sunday night at the Home Depot Center. The 35 year old may have fresher legs than most players who have been playing since the beginning of the season. But Becks still has to deal with his “preseason pains.”
“It’s my kind of preseason. I’m still trying to get fit. It helps when I play a full 90 minutes. I’m still getting the aches and the pains of preseason. I feel physically good tonight. If I look after my body like I’ve done since I’ve been back hopefully I think I’ll continue to progress.”
It was actually a surprising performance by Beckham in the second leg against Seattle, because all bets were that he’d struggling the whole time.
The site of the first leg of this match up took place in Seattle’s Qwest Field; a stadium with an AstroTurf field. The hard impact of each stride took its toll on the midfielder. So much so, that he had to miss a few practice sessions. But surprise, surprise, Becks delivered.
“David’s getting back in form,” Coach Bruce Arena informed the media. “He had a tough week recovering from the field in Seattle and started coming around on Friday and I thought he put in a great effort today. And he’s reputation on set pieces is well known, well respected, and well earned.”
Beckham, is there anything he can’t do?
(you can see my hand during the interviews. its the one holding a recorder.)