David Beckham returned to MLS action as a starter for the L.A. Galaxy last night as they thumped the New York Red Bulls 3-1. First half goals from Alecko Eskandarian, team captain Landon Donovan and veteran Eddie Lewis gave the Galaxy an insurmountable lead. Former Aston Villa man Juan Pablo Angel notched a late penalty for New York in the 87th minute.
Beckham was effective with his one touch crosses during his 70 minutes on the pitch. However, he appeared to lack match fitness and did not create any bonafide chances of L.A. He was replaced by the very impressive English-born, Trinidad and Tobago international Chris Birchall with the Galaxy up 3-0.
July 16, 2009 — Giants Stadium
LA — Alecko Eskandarian 3 (unassisted) 3
LA — Landon Donovan 7 (Eddie Lewis 3) 31
LA — Eddie Lewis 2 (Landon Donovan 5) 45
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 7 (penalty kick) 87
Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Eddie Lewis (Chris Klein 85), David Beckham (Christopher Birchall 70), Stefani Miglioranzi, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Alecko Eskandarian (Mike Magee 74).
Substitutes Not Used: Alan Gordon, Jovan Kirovski, Tony Sanneh, Josh Saunders
New York Red Bulls — Danny Cepero, Jeremy Hall, Luke Sassano, Mike Petke, Alfredo Pacheco, Nick Zimmerman (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 70), Albert Celades (Dane Richards 62), Seth Stammler, Jorge Rojas, Juan Pablo Angel, Macoumba Kandji (John Wolyniec 79).
Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Bouna Coundoul, Leo Krupnick, Khano Smith