Video: MLS – LA Galaxy vs. NY Red Bulls – Beckham Shines, but Other Guys You Haven’t Heard of Shine More
And this, my friends, is exactly what the Los Angeles Galaxy and MLS had in mind when they brought David Beckham to America. After a few weeks of “will-he-or-won’t-he” debates about David Beckham’s playing status, he appears to be working his way back to full fitness. Beckham started yesterday and played the full 90 minutes in an exciting match where 9 goals were scored.
However, while the story may have started with Beckham, it ended with the New York Red Bulls showcasing their best players as well. Beckham had 2 early assists on set pieces to set up Carlos Pavon, who must feel like he won the lottery to suddenly have one of the world’s top passers giving him the ball, but it was the hometown Red Bulls who stole the spotlight.
In front of 66,237 fans, who spent much of the match chanting and singing, Juan Pablo Angel and Jozy Altidore each scored 2 goals to win the match 5-4 for New York.
While the roar of the crowd for each goal showed either that fans were split 50/50 or were just there to see a good soccer match, there will undoubtedly be many people who were won over by the performances of Angel and Altidore, who are forming a partnership that could propel the Red Bulls to the league title.
This is precisely what MLS wants: come to see Beckham, come back to see your team in their next matches. Judging by the weak L.A. defense, there will be a lot of fans leaving stadiums happy after David Beckham comes to their town.
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