plays 16 minutes for L.A. Galaxy
After the rumors that
David Beckham will not take part in the Galaxy - Chelsea game,
the European soccer star punched in 16 minutes on the clock.
Initially David Beckham was scheduled to only watch the friendly
between L.A. Galaxy and the visiting Chelsea FC, due to his
ankle injury, which he received while playing against Estonia
for the 2008 Qualifiers. But the crowd roared in approval, when
David Beckham entered the field in the 78th minute of the match.
The game between Galaxy and Chelsea FC was
won by the English club 1-0, goal scored by the captain John
Terry in the 49th, which was disappointing to some American
fans, but at the end they got what they came for - to see David
Beckham play for L.A. Galaxy.
The ankle injury prevented Beckham from
unleashing 100% of his potential, the highlight of his game
being a corner kick in stoppage time, which Landon Donovan gave
away to Beckham. Chelsea players were careful with the
$250-million-worth player, Steve Sidwell making the only tackle,
which Beckham graciously avoided.
"The atmosphere is incredible. It made
me feel a little bit embarrassed at times. I'm not fit. I
haven't trained since I got here, but it's nice to be out
there," Beckham commented after the game. Chelsea coach Jose
Mourinho justified Beckham's cautious play - "The objective
was just for him to be on the pitch and give the people the
dessert they were looking for."
Published on 07/22/2007