David Beckham returned to the L.A. Galaxy’s starting lineup in the team’s 0-2 loss to the visiting New York Red Bulls on Friday night.
In a match featuring MLS marquee players Beckham, Landon Donovan, Juan Pablo Angel and Rafa Marquez, diminutive Jamaican international midfielder scored for New York in the 36th minute and was brought down for a penalty in the 57th. The latter was duly converted by Angel to secure the win for New York.
The result sees New York ascend to first place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference while the Galaxy remains in first position in the West pending the results of this weekend’s matches.
Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts (GK), Todd Dunivant, Leonardo (A.J. DeLaGarza 46’), Yohance Marshall, Sean Franklin, Dema Kovalenko (Tristan Bowen 76’), Juninho, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Jovan Kirovski (Eddie Lewis 67’)
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Saunders, Chris Birchall, Mike Magee, Alex Cazumba
New York Red Bulls — Bouna Coundoul (GK), Carey Talley (Mike Petke 40’), Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dane Richards, Rafa Márquez (Carl Robinson 69’), Tony Tchani (Salou Ibrahim 71’), Joel Lindpere, Mehdi Ballouchy, Juan Pablo Angel
Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Danleigh Borman, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Austin da Luz