Beckham, MLS All-Stars fall, 4-0, to Rooney, Manchester United
David Beckham, a Galaxy teammate and two Chivas USA midfielders could not help the MLS All-Stars slow Wayne Rooney and Manchester United. Rooney did not find the goal, but did assist on United's first score in its 4-0 victory Wednesday at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
Beckham, a Galaxy midfielder, remains a United legend after spending 11 seasons with the team and scoring 62 goals in 265 appearances. He was the only MLS player to play the whole match, and shared a laugh with Manchester United Coach Alex Ferguson before the second half.
Galaxy defender Sean Franklin and Chivas USA midfielders Heath Pearce and Nick LaBrocca joined Beckham in the loss.
Twice, Beckham nearly found the back of the net for the All-Stars. In the first half he forced United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard to make a tip save, and in the 88th minute he sent a free kick from 25 yards out just outside the left post.
Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller entered the match in the 83rd minute. Keller, in his 19th and final professional season, played a match in Panama on Tuesday night as part of the CONCACAF Champions League. He boarded a plane for New Jersey early this morning.
-- Douglas Farmer
Photo: Dimitar Berbatov, left, is congratulated by teammate Wayne Rooney after scoring a goal against the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday. Credit: Chris Trotman / Getty Images