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L.A. in Shambles

Beckham flew 10 hours across eight time zones after going 90 minutes against the Germans at Wembley to play in that mess?

Credit to Chivas, and especially Galindo and Mendoza, for a classy second half, but, wow, is L.A. bad. Refresh my memory, who put this team together? Hmmm. The word I got when I was at Home Depot Center a week ago was that Lalas's job was in grave danger. Perhaps only a SuperLiga title will save him.

Wynalda, who was spot on with his observations most of the ugly night, commented quite accurately that the Galaxy is just not playing on all cylinders. I'll take it a step further and ask, what cylinders? It's a rusty tricycle. L.A. is lucky MLS/USL have not incorporated relegation, or else Becks would be planning for a showdown against the Raging Rhinos of Rochester in April.

Give Becks credit, though, for showing some fire and passion. Maybe it was the jet lag or the loss to Germany (or the lack of talent around him), but he was in an ornery mood from the start, barking at officials, barrelling into Chivas players and then snapping on Marsch's ridiculous challenge just before the half.

Considering the ankle, the travel, the minutes against Germany, another match four days away, the SuperLiga final in a week, how could Yallop allow him to play another full 90? The ejection altered things and, indeed, the Galaxy was in the game (sort of) until the 69th, but after Galindo's second goal, they should have gotten him out of there. Instead, Gordon came on for Martino in the 72nd.

Marsch, on the Beckham incident: "He had kind of gotten a piece of me quite before that. So it was somewhat a retaliation, somewhat a tactical foul because he was on a break. And like I said it was harder than I would have liked it to have been and I apologized to him. I told him I respect what he's about. He was kind of done with me though."

Video highlights here.

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2007; 12:07 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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