David Beckham key to Galaxy win over Sydney
By Telegraph staff and agencies
Last Updated: 12:02pm GMT 24/02/2008
David Beckham played a pivotal role in Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-1 win over Sydney FC which saw his side claim third place in the Pan-Pacific Championship.
The former England captain was the Galaxy's best player as they edged out Sydney in Honolulu and returned to winning ways following a 1-0 defeat to Gamba Osaka in midweek.
Beckham set up the first goal after just three minutes, his sweeping cross picking out Ely Allen, who volleyed past Sydney goalkeeper Ivan Necevski.
Brendan Renaud equalised after 42 minutes with a 30-yard drive but the Galaxy regained the lead a minute before the break when Josh Tudela capitalised on some uncertainty from Necevski.
"It's always nice to have assists, and tonight I was able to get two," said Beckham.
"It's always good in pre-season to get games in because you get all the training you want. To get your match fitness in games is important."
Beckham took a stray boot in the chest 18 minutes into the second half but, after pacing around for a few seconds, decided to stay on, much to the delight of the Hawaii crowd who cheered his every touch.
"It's been a really good stay in Hawaii, it's just great that people enjoy watching me play, and watching the team play," Beckham said.
"That's always important, that the people, kids and everybody that comes to the game has fun and enjoys themselves."
its good to know becks succeed in his fight on the field. perhaps, this could buy out capellos trust on him. its always been difficult to compete against a 20 yrs old player. but his experience pass all the doubts. cant wait to hear more good news after this.....