Becks bends one in for LA, Galaxy beats D.C. 2-0
Beckham retired in the 63rd minute, and was replaced by Peter Vagenas. Beckham had missed five of the team’s last six games because of an left ankle injury sustained June 6 while playing for England in a Euro 2008 qualifying game against Estonia. The injury limited him to about 16 minutes in his Galaxy debut July 21 and 21 minutes against D.C. United Thursday – his only appearances with the team so far. Beckham and the Galaxy were scoreless in both games. Beckham joined the Galaxy July 13 amid one of the greatest promotional buildups in American sports history. However, his string of absences has prompted disappointment from fans in visiting cities and questions about the team’s credibility. The team will now host the Mexican team Pachuca Aug. 29 in the tournament final between four teams from Major League Soccer and four from Mexico’s Primera Division. The tournament winner will receive $1 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARSON – David Beckham scores. The soccer legend, in his first start for the Los Angeles Galaxy, scored on a free kick in the 27th minute of tonight’s SuperLiga semifinal against D.C. United. Beckham also assisted on Landon Donovan’s goal in the 47th minute in the Galaxy’s 2-0 win at The Home Depot Center. Beckham, whose prowess with free kicks inspired the title of the 2002 film “Bend it Like Beckham,” hooked it from about 25 yards out around the United wall and inside the left goal post for his first goal with his new team. The goal also ended the Galaxy’s 296-minute scoreless streak.