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Video: Beckham's Goal vs. Barcelona

David Beckham scores on a magnificent free kick during the Galaxy's 2-1 friendly loss to Barcelona before 93,137 at the Rose Bowl:

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2009; 1:45 AM ET
Categories:  Beckham , MLS , Spain  
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it was a a bloody beautiful goal. turned on the game just before he took it....

Posted by: Sec131 | August 2, 2009 1:50 AM | Report abuse

So where are the mindless Beckham haters of the LARS now? Hmm

Posted by: carmines757 | August 2, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

As he was standing over it, I told my Dad he'd "likely hit it into the wall, or sky it over", then he kicked it and immediately I said "or score". You just knew.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 2, 2009 2:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm closer to being one a "Beckham hater" than a fan, but there's no denying the man strikes incredible free kicks.

Posted by: noptov | August 2, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

AS someone else mentioned, reminds me of one buried at RFK(superliga?).

Posted by: DadRyan | August 2, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

He's one of those SportsCenter hosts, right?

Posted by: sitruc | August 2, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I only watched the 1st half but the crowd dynamics were interesting. It seemed like the great majority of the crowd was pro-Barca and they booed the Galaxy pretty disdainfully when they had possession. Even with lots of reserves, Barca seemed to be toying with their opponent but only scored the one goal off a rebound in the 1st half. The LA fans in the endzone had been booing Beckham pretty loudly on a few corner kicks and such but they all seemed to cheer their loudest when his freekick went in.

Barca should put names on their jerseys for these preseason games. Messi and the other world famous players need no introduction but the same can't be said for the guys playing that are from their reserve side.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 2, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Barca don't seem to have skipped a beat at all. They were running rings around LA. But as is often the case, all that great possession didn't create all that many goal chances. Which allowed LA to pull even with one good kick. They had a few other good opportunities as well.

I expect them to take Seattle apart a bit more efficiently.

Posted by: fedssocr | August 2, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: carmines757

So where are the mindless Beckham haters of the LARS now? Hmm
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While not a member of LARS, since I'm a regular on their BB I can say that they are well over Brand Beckham and are ready to support the team as they start to play better under The Bruce. They are also waiting to see if Beckham tries that hard in games that actually matter, ones in which he doesn't go and shake the hand of the opposing coach after getting subbed off.

Of course, by completely missing what the hell has gone on in LA the last 2+ years, callng LARS's hatred of Becksycakes "mindless" makes you sound like the tens of thousands of non-Catalans booing the Galaxy at last night's "Wear Your Euro Jersey to the Rose Bowl" event.

Posted by: EricB1 | August 2, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

game in Santa Clara getting a little chippy... Riley is already out with a straight red.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 2, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

From what I've seen, Montero is lucky to be in the game.
San Jose leads 1-0.

Posted by: sitruc | August 2, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

AS someone else mentioned, reminds me of one buried at RFK(superliga?).

Posted by: DadRyan | August 2, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

That was me, and here's the goal I referenced:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpLd2KT32Gg

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 2, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"They are also waiting to see if Beckham tries that hard in games that actually matter, ones in which he doesn't go and shake the hand of the opposing coach after getting subbed off."

I don't understand - do they have some reason to think he doesn't "try hard" when he plays? Is the resentment about his decision to play in Milan? His national team coach told him he had to do it, and he did. It cost him millions of dollars. And he played well. He continues to play well. Is that the product of not trying hard?

From an outside perspective, it's the fans that look thin-skinned. The Galaxy is rounding into quite a good MLS team - you should enjoy it more.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 2, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Becks was a waste of space in NY and decent in KC. He has been best in the exhibitions. While I don't agree with their booing their own, frustration from supporters has been shown during the exhibitions not regular season matches. Becks could easily answer a couple questions and much of it would be over. Their problem is his commitment. Becky has put down the team, the fans, and the league. They have legitimate issues.

Regardless, Seattle just lost 4-0 to San Jose.

Posted by: sitruc | August 2, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The score would have been more lopsided had Gudjohnsen left the stadium and let Barcelona play with 10. All the offside calls and general klutziness threw a wet blanket on the offense. The new guy Maxwell looked pretty good, though.

Posted by: granadoskerry | August 2, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Beck's gets too hard of a time. His priority is to play in the World Cup and he is doing whatever he can to make that happen. It can not be denied he is a rare talent and certainly one of the more interesting England has developed in a long time. Also, Barca was not playing w any reserves, all of the players are contending for regular playing time and a reserve on Barca is like saying Brazil's National Team subs are reserves.

Posted by: ananda001 | August 2, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals

I don't understand - do they have some reason to think he doesn't "try hard" when he plays? Is the resentment about his decision to play in Milan? His national team coach told him he had to do it, and he did. It cost him millions of dollars. And he played well. He continues to play well. Is that the product of not trying hard?
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I guess not that many people have read exerpts from Wahl's book, nor watched the Galaxy much after Gullit and Byrne were fired. Beckham phoned it in big time after Lieweke's purge in the middle of the 2008 season, and all the drama during the off-season was the last straw.

Plus, according to people there, much more of the booing at the Rose Bowl was being done by Barca fanboys as opposed to the Riot Squad or other Galaxy fans.

Posted by: EricB1 | August 3, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

So Beckham should abandon the desire to play for England in order to please the LA Galaxy and its fans? Please. Appreciate what you've got for the limited time you will have it.

Not that Carlos Ruiz and Abel Xavier weren't world class.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 3, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

What part of "Beckham phoned it in" do you people not understand?

Posted by: EricB1 | August 3, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

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