David Beckham and the LA Galaxy took to the field yesterday to play a soccer match against the San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA last night and, as you can see from the photos below, he not only played ball with his Galaxy teammates … but he also played with himself … er, played ball, that is. Tho it should be noted that Becks’s ball-playing wasn’t the most important thing to happen during last night’s game. The LA Galaxy welcomed new teammate Robbie Keane … who scored his first Galaxy goal 21 minutes into the game!
Robbie Keane scored 21 minutes into his LA Galaxy debut as the Ireland international catapulted his new team to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. Keane and Mike Magee accounted for the scoring as the Galaxy surpassed the 50-point mark. The win sees LA run their lead over FC Dallas to eight points while Seattle climbed ahead of FCD with a 1-0 win at Pizza Hut Park and stayed six back of the Galaxy. Keane joined the Galaxy just this week after the club parted ways with ineffective forward Juan Pablo Ángel. Keane had no such questions about his production, though, punctuating his debut with a goal. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena did not wait long at all to see what Keane had to offer. Although the former Tottenham Hotspur man had just one training session and some conversation with Arena to familiarize himself with the squad, Keane started alongside Adam Cristman at striker. Both teams took their time feeling one another out, though San Jose were a bit active in the early going. Khari Stephenson had three shots in the first 11 minutes but was unable to put one past Galaxy ‘keeper Josh Saunders. LA midfielder David Beckham, meanwhile, placed picture-perfect passes to teammates and it was that precision that led to Keane’s first MLS strike. Thanks to Beckham, Keane got his first goal in rather simplistic manner. The former England captain played a ball over the top of San Jose’s defense. Keane easily walked onto the ball and had only Jon Busch to beat. The San Jose ‘keeper flapped his arms at him but Keane got past Busch easily and slipped the ball into an empty net. The Irishman raced over and did his trademark cartwheel and somersault for the first time at his new home stadium. Keane, who wore former LA forward Edson Buddle’s old No. 14, became the 18th player in club history to score a goal on his Galaxy debut.
Well, I’d say Robbie had himself a very nice first game with the Galaxy. I’m sure the LA Galaxy is very happy to have him as part of the family. As for Becks, well, it was nice of him to give Robbie a little help on that goal … he is such a nice ball player … whether he’s helping with other players’ balls or he’s just playing with his own. Oh and Robbie … welcome to the team.