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David Beckham scores first MLS goal in LA Galaxy victory

by Thomas Jensen on Saturday, April 5th, 2008

David Beckham finally got his first Major League Soccer goal and the Los Angeles Galaxy won over San Jose 2-0. Beckham scored off an assist from Landon Donovan and later he assisted on a goal by Donovan. "It's great to score a goal, usually I'm on the other end assisting," Beckham said. "I'm happy but I'm more happy that the team performed well." The win by Los Angeles was against their former coach Frank Yallop, who is coaching the Earthquakes in their return to the MLS. Soccer Betting at SBG Global.
 
"We understand the game the same way and we see the game the same way," Donovan said. "Now I know how he wants the ball and he knows where I want it and how I want it. If he puts it in a good area, I have a chance to get to it."  The Galaxy desperately needed a good game after getting humiliated in their opener, losing 4-0 at Colorado. "I think we were all a little bit embarrassed after Saturday," Donovan said.

Los Angeles has a new head coach in Ruud Gullit and he did not want his team to start with two straight losses. "The energy level was totally different tonight than it was last week," Beckham said. "Tonight we were more relaxed going into the game. Last week we were a bit tense. Maybe nerves set in as well in the first game."
 
This season will be a true test for Beckham in Los Angeles as last year he was rarely healthy. “Last year, I was probably 50 percent fit when I started," he said. "I was playing in games I shouldn't have been and it just sort of went downhill from there. I feel great after two games and my England game, so I'm ready to get on with it." There were a multitude of distractions for Beckham last year and the team did not play well for the majority of the season. "It's important from my part and the team's that (I'm) here from the beginning," Beckham said. "Last year, there was a lot of distractions and I think I suffered from that – and also the team.”
 
It is not all good new for the Galaxy as forward Carlos Ruiz had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday and will be out four to six weeks.  He tore the meniscus and sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the Galaxy's loss at Colorado.  He had led the team with three goals in the preseason.
 
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