GALAXY: Beckham puts on a show

December, 3, 2011
12/03/11
11:01
AM PT

If this is the end of David Beckham with the Galaxy, he's putting on quite an encore.

Beckham scored a sweet goal, set up another on a corner kick, saw another from a terrific cross flagged offside and nearly tallied with a midfield rocket as L.A. poured it on in Manila, romping to a 6-1 victory over the Philippines' national team on the second stop of its three-game Pacific tour.

Robbie Keane added a goal and an assist, Adam Cristman came off the bench to score a couple, playoff hero Mike Magee netted one,and Gregg Berhalter, whose playing career will close with Tuesday's friendly in Australia, converted a late penalty kick.

Beckham, who will decide after the postseason tour whether he'll re-sign with the Galaxy or head back to Europe -- almost certainly to Paris Saint-Germain -- walked off in the 76th minute to a standing ovation, trotted to the edge of the stands at Rizal Memorial Stadium and handed his jersey to boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

The Galaxy, fortunate to be ahead at halftime through Beckham in the 20th minute and Magee in the 39th, scored four second-half goals on a hot, humid evening, using an attacking pace that the Philippine players could not combat.

There was talent in the home side, especially the England-born and -bred Younghusband brothers -- Phil and James -- whose performances might be worthy of a trial back at Home Depot Center. They caused havoc along the Galaxy backline, scoring one goal and nearly creating another that would have erased L.A.'s early advantage.

Phil Younghusband twisted A.J. DeLaGarza to score from Angel Guirado's chip following a Galaxy turnover in the 41st minute. Two minutes later, James Younghusband's through ball left Carlos Alberto Martinez de Murga one-on-one with Josh Saunders, but his shot slipped past the left post.

The Galaxy nearly went ahead after 15 minutes, when Beckham noticed goalkeeper Ed Sacapaņo off his line and blasted toward the net from the midfield stripe. It was a line drive that the Phillipine keeper would not have gotten to had it not been a shade high.

Beckham got his goal five minutes later on a quick counter following a Sean Franklin takeaway near the top of their box.

Franklin brought the ball out, fed it ahead to Keane, who carried it deep into Azkal territory before sending it wide to Magee on the left. Magee's first cross was blocked, so he played the rebound to Keane at the top of the box. The Irish forward laid it off softly for Beckham, who curled the ball over a diving Sacapaņo toward the upper-right corner.

Magee made it 2-0 on a similar play, with Omar Gonzalez winning the ball in the back, Beckham playing it forward to Magee, who made the run through midfield, then played a quick give-and-go with Landon Donovan in the box. Magee, just above the box, fired the return into the upper-left corner.

Keane made it 3-1 two minutes into the second half, from Todd Dunivant's header off Beckham's corner kick, and Cristman deposited Beckham's best pass of the night four minutes later, but linesman Grant Rojas had his flag raised.

Cristman tallied from a Donovan feed on a counter in the 63rd, Berhalter connected from the spot in the 81st -- after a silly Anton del Rosario foul on Jovan Kirovski -- and Cristman netted the sixth in the 87th.

WORTH NOTING: Midfielder Juninho didn't dress after suffering what the team termed a minor injury early in Wednesday's win over Indonesia. ... Chris Birchall replaced Juninho in the lineup, Frankie Hejduk and Bryan Jordan got starts at outside back, and Donovan started up front, with Franklin in midfield. Donovan moved into midfield when Cristman came on at halftime. ... Every player on the tour has played, with Berhalter and rookies Ryan Thomas and Dustin McCarty coming on in the second half. ... The Philippines' substitutes included Virginian Nate Burkey and New Yorker Lexton Moy, who played NCAA Division I soccer. ... The Galaxy finish the tour Tuesday (12:30 a.m. PST) against the A-League's Melbourne Victory. Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes will televise. ... The Galaxy is 30-9-12 in all games this year, including ticketed friendlies.


  • SUMMARY

Rizal Memorial Stadium (Manila, Philippines)
Philippines 1, Galaxy 6

LA -- David Beckham (Robbie Keane) 20
LA -- Mike Magee (Landon Donovan) 39
P -- Phil Younghusband (Angel Guirado) 41
LA -- Robbie Keane (Todd Dunivant) 47
LA -- Adam Cristman (Landon Donovan) 63
LA -- Gregg Berhalter pen. 81
LA -- Adam Cristman (Todd Dunivant) 87

Philippines: Ed Sacapaņo; Rob Gier (Carlos Alberto Martinez de Murga, 14), Anton del Rosario, Ray Jonsson, Jason Sabio; Manuel Ott (Jason de Jong, 58), James Younghusband (O.J. Clarino, 83), Chieffy Caligdong (Misagh Bahadoran, 73), Christopher Greatwich (Lexton Moy, 91+); Phil Younghusband (Nate Burkey, 79), Angel Guirado (Ian Araneta, 69).

Galaxy: Josh Saunders (Brian Perk, 46); Bryan Jordan (Dustin McCarty, 79), Omar Gonzalez (Dasan Robinson, 83), A.J. DeLaGarza (Gregg Berhalter, 58), Frankie Hejduk (Todd Dunivant, 46); Sean Franklin (Hector Jimenez, 61), David Beckham (Jovan Kirovski, 76), Chris Birchall (Michael Stephens, 46), Mike Magee (Adam Cristman, 46); Landon Donovan (Ryan Thomas, 69), Robbie Keane (Miguel Lopez, 73). Unused subs: Paolo Cardozo, Dan Keat, Jack McBean.

Yellow card: Phil Younghusband 49.

Referee: Jovonie Villagracia. Att.: 12,000 (estimate).

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