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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Rating David Beckham's Performance - Bleacher Report

The media is still begging, and begging, and begging Team Great Britain manager Stuart Pearce to let David Beckham into the team. I said previously that Beckham does not have the talent, only the hype.

On Wednesday, that hype led to yet another crushing defeat for the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-2, to the San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Surely, his leadership could have inspired the Galaxy to not be hesitant on giving up the goal to the likes of Alan Gordon, a forward that has had a hot streak of scoring against Los Angeles.

Tell the players; "get back, here comes Gordon straight ahead." Instead, they hesitate, and what could have been a point split ends up becoming the culmination of 20 gong show football minutes.

To Beckham's credit, he did break up play and had a passable effort defensively. However, he also committed a handball that led him to receiving a yellow card and Khari Stephenson equalizing for the Earthquakes.

Of course, that isn't all from Becks. From Scott French of ESPN.com...

“Unfortunately, we had someone in control of the game tonight that, every time we've had him, he wants to be the star, and that's what happens when you have a referee who wants to be on 'SportsCenter,' ” he said. "That was disappointing.

"Maybe the decision for the sending off, maybe it was. The penalty? Maybe it was. ... I just turned my back, and my arms were as close to me as they could be. They weren't outstretched -- yeah, it hit my hand, but it could have gone either way. [Opara] falls on the ball in the penalty area, rolls over it a couple of times, touches it with his hand a couple of times. Everyone else sees it apart from the 'star.' ” 

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Now there may be those who will tell me this straight up: I allegedly have some sort of agenda with Beckham here. Well, I will let you know that I do scrutinize his efforts because he is a DP and I hold him to a higher standard.

If Beckham really wants to be considered (if by a long shot) for Team GB, he has to develop the type of leadership that will help his team hold on to leads, instead of surrender them. Also, not complaining about the officiating while avoiding conceding penalties could also help Becks' case.

For this game, I will give him the benefit of the doubt due to his noteworthy individual play, but as a leader, he is no Landon Donovan.

Speaking of which, I wonder where the true leader of the Galaxy is...

Rating: 5.5/10

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