Thursday, August 16, 2007

DC 0-2 LA - Beckham blasts DC

DC United 0-2 LA Galaxy
This was the night MLS management was hoping for a month ago. Beckham starts, gets a goal, gets an assist and shows that he can alter his club. One bad thing, the game was not broadcast nationally in the US on English language TV. Oh well, I'm sure ESPN2 will show it a few times tonight.

But what about the game? Without a doubt, that was the best 90-minutes LA has played all season (and probably last season as well). What made it so good was having a strong force in the middle that could push the team in the needed direction. Too often this season the Galaxy just surrender the ball before entering the other side's half, thus their offense was mainly long balls to one man up top. However, with control and good passing taking hold last night, they were able to get numbers forward and for the DC defense to stop them.

United, on the other hand, showed very little. Perhaps it was nerves or fear of being the player that injured the star, but they seldom applied heavy pressure to Beckham. Also, their attack was stuttered. Maybe they were expecting the same Galaxy side that failed to show anything in DC last week, but whatever the reason, it was some poor play by the team in black.

Beckham will get the headlines, but Landon Donovan and Joe Cannon also deserve some good notes. Donovan was going at players in a way I haven't seen in a long time while Cannon made more then a few good saves to keep his club ahead.

The question now is can LA keep this momentum? If they do, who knows, the impossible might happen.

Just incase you missed it, here is Beckham's goal. I just wonder how DC's goalie Troy Perkins feels about being part of history?

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