When will we finally see the end of David Beckham’s long career? Gee. That’s a good question. The View from Avalon is wondering that as well.
It seemed like the countdown would end on Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. But, not so fast, dear friends. Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy weren’t exactly ready to call it quits just yet. Beckham’s supporting cast of Landon Donovan, Mike Magee and Robbie Keane powered the Galaxy to a 3-1 win and a 3-2 aggregate victory in the MLS Western Conference Semifinals.
But in spite of the supporting cast doing their part, Beckham wasn’t doing his part to create chances. His pass success rate was horrid: 57 percent. Only two headers. Only two unsuccessful crosses. Just one key pass.
The only two major statistics that really stood out for Beckham was eight recoveries and a yellow card for a 17th minute foul. That’s it. The San Jose Earthquakes midfield knew that Beckham was a liability on Wednesday, and he was taken out of the game quickly and often.
The ironic thing for the San Jose supporters was that they would have to put up with seeing Beckham on the telly for another few days due to the performance of the supporting cast. After 76 minutes, Beckham walked off the pitch to a chorus of boos, in true, typical San Jose Northern California-rival fashion.
Perhaps they were unimpressed with his play. Perhaps they felt he was too old for the game. Perhaps they just hated the fact that he was playing for the wrong team.
But in any case, David Beckham proved that he can have an average, pedestrian performance and still pull off a win as part of the still-current defending MLS Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Galaxy.