Another average outing for David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy. You know, fellow readers on the View from Avalon, he’s got, at the bare minimum, 90 minutes on Wednesday to exonerate himself against the San Jose Earthquakes in this 2012 MLS Western Conference Semifinal.
I tend to be very cynical and realistic when it comes to big names failing to meet given expectations—it’s all part of the plan—and I don’t know if Becks here can get the job done and clear himself, at least for one round, of the shoddy, inconsistent play that has plagued him all year. But looking at the signs from the match’s Opta Chalkboard, they aren’t looking very promising.
And deservedly so. Especially when his performance led to being subbed late for Edson Buddle in the second half.
Unsuccessful crosses were the damning statistics against the Vancouver Whitecaps and they carried over in this semifinal first leg. We’re talking 11 unsuccessful crosses. That’s right, eleven. And a zero percent cross success rate. You have to be skilled to have such unsightly number as this, and David Beckham is proof of that.
More tales of the tape coming out of MLSSoccer.com (I love these guys): 37 success passes against 15 unsuccessful ones for a 71 percent pass success rate. Only one key pass. Just one tackle won, a single clearance, a paltry five recoveries and 17 times Beckham was challenged and loss possession. Did I mention the unsuccessful dribble? There, I just did.
To Beckham’s defense, it’s not his fault that Los Angeles are 90 minutes away from seeing their reign as MLS Cup champions end at the hands of their in-state rivals. It’s all on the goalkeeper for being skilled [sic] enough to let out a howler.
But surely, these bad cross need to stop, right? Surely, this unsightly zero percent pass success rate can only be improved on, right readers?
Of course it can. But on Sunday, the inability of David Beckham to execute anything of note against the league’s best team, the San Jose Earthquakes, are good enough to give him…a 5.