There is no question, a midfielder with as much pride as David Beckham has would be losing some sleep over such an inconsistent, frustrating, damning performance against an opponent with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
That was indeed the case as one of the faces of Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy struggled in their 2-1 victory over Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
I have never seen someone have this much difficulty getting a good cross in. We’re talking 17 unsuccessful cross against just three good ones. A 15 percent pass success rate. Either Vancouver’s defense did their job for the most part, or Beckham just didn’t have it in the tank.
To his credit, he was responsible for helping set up a crisp Mike Magee equalizer in the 69th minute of play. Taking the corner short, he sets it up for Juninho, who sends it to Magee for a top left corner volley that no goalkeeper could stop.
Okay, maybe Victor Valdes or Iker Casillas. But Brad Knighton, who had a solid game in goal up to that point, is nowhere near the greatness that is the two top goalkeepers in La Liga. Or maybe they wouldn’t have been able to stop that either.
But this all goes down to David Beckham’s primary skill: the playmaker. It is up to Beckham to create chances and make sure someone in a white uniform with blue sash finishes it. It took the space of 69 minutes, but finally, Beckham patience and frustration simmered down with arguably the best sequence of the night for LA.
Beckham also had seven recoveries on defense but also had a shoddy 70 percent pass percentage. In summary, David Beckham must be on his game next week against a San Jose Earthquake side that has made the Galaxy pay twice this season—all right, ALL SEASON—for a finishing touch that this club couldn’t beat the Sisters of Mercy with.
Otherwise, chances are the torch will be passed. As in, the torch of the eventual MLS Cup Champion.