If you took a look at the View from Avalon’s 10 Bold Predictions, you will see that David Beckham was not expected to score any goals or assists. Well, that was indeed the case in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders at the Home Depot Center on Sunday night.
Stat wise, on the Opta Chalkboard, Beckham simply struggled. A 69 percent pass success rate. Only two through balls. A 44 percent cross success rate. A shot off target and a blocked shot. And defensively, Beckham was only able to manage two interceptions, one clearance and one recovery.
Beckham looked slow off the ball and just could not keep up with the speed of the younger Sounders players. It was pretty clear to everyone in attendance that Beckham looked older that his 37 years suggests.
It really makes people wonder, why is this ambassador to the game still playing in MLS? Only on rare occassions can he score goals or assists. No corners into the box on Sunday, no short corners, and only one free kick cross.
The most glaring statistic here for David Beckham against the Seattle Sounders was that he lost possession on the tackle 16 times, so he had difficulty holding on to the ball to create opportunities for Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Edson Buddle.
In addition to that, Beckham also gets minus point for throwing a temper tantrum after getting subbed out early in the second half. News flash, Becks: Bruce Arena is resting you for the playoffs! No need to throw a fit when you are not needed to go a full 90 against a team the Galaxy won’t gain any ground on, regardless of the outcome.
If David Beckham doesn’t step it up and deliver in November, the Galaxy can kiss their MLS Cup hopes goodbye. And suddenly, retirement seems like the only option remaining for Becks.
Just another below-average outing, but given how everything has played out this year, it’s nothing surprising.