MLS Game Summary - San Jose at Los Angeles|
(Thursday, April 3, 2008)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, San Jose 0
Carson, CA (Sports Network) - David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy
rebounded from an embarrassing season opening loss last weekend at Colorado to
top the expansion San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at The Home Depot Center on
Beckham scored his first Major League Soccer goal to open the scoring while
setting up Landon Donovan on the game's other goal a little over 30 minutes
later to provide all the offense the Galaxy (1-1-0) would need.
"I think it was big just because we came off a defeat, 4-0 in the first game,"
Beckham said. "We wanted to get off to a good start in our home opener."
"We done well tonight, we got a goal each and we got an assist each," he added
of his and Donovan's production.
San Jose (0-1-0), which was making it's return to MLS after the original
'Quakes franchise relocated to Houston after the 2005 season, looked every bit
like an expansion club playing its first league game, being outshot 16-3 by
Donovan set up Beckham just under 10 minutes into the game when he played a
ball through the defense to the right side to the unmarked England
international. Beckham, known more for his crosses than goal-scoring, cooly
slotted the chance past Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon to not only score
his first MLS goal, but the Galaxy's first goal of the season.
The two superstars hooked up for the game's only other goal in the 37th minute
when Beckham returned the favor, playing a through ball to Donovan, who
chipped the bouncing ball over an onrushing Cannon for his 65th career MLS
L.A. 'keeper Steve Cronin made two saves to record the clean sheet in just his
eighth league start.
With the win, the galaxy stretch their lead in the all-time series between the
two clubs to 21-12-5, including 14-4-2 at home.
Los Angeles will look to build on its effort when it hosts second-year club,
Toronto FC, on April 13 in its next league fixture while San Jose hosts
Chicago a day earlier.
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