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Galaxy's David Beckham wins comeback player honors

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Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was named Major League Soccer's comeback player of the year on Monday.

A torn Achilles tendon limited Beckham to just seven MLS games in 2010, but he rebounded this season to play a career-high 26 MLS games, starting 25 of them. He also finished second in the league in assists, with 15.  

The Galaxy went 10-1-3 in games in which Beckham notched a goal or assist. Beckham also made the MLS First XI, the league's postseason all-star team.

MLS club representatives, media and players voted on the award. D.C. United forward Charlie Davies and Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro were among the other finalists.

Beckham will lead the Galaxy into the MLS Cup final Sunday at the Home Depot Center.

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Photo: David Beckham. Credit: Pedro Armestre / AFP / Getty Images

Four Galaxy players named to MLS' First XI all-star team

The Galaxy placed four players on Major League Soccer's First XI -- the league's postseason all-star team -- MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Thursday.

Defenders Omar Gonzalez and Todd Dunivant and midfielders Landon Donovan and David Beckman were among those selected in a vote of coaches, general managers, players and the media.

No other team had more than one player selected.

Earlier this week Gonzalez was named the league's Defender of the Year and Beckham, who was second in the MLS in assists, was named a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year.

For Donovan, who led the Galaxy with 12 goals, the selction was his fourth in as many years and his fifth overall. Gonzalez is a repeat honoree while Dunivant and Beckham were first-time picks.

The team:

G -- Kasey Keller (Seattle); D -- Omar Gonzalez (Galaxy), Todd Dunivant (Galaxy), Jamison Olave (Salt Lake); M -- Landon Donovan (Galaxy), David Beckman (Galaxy),  Mark Shea (Dallas), Brad Davis (Houston), Dwayne De Rosario (DC United); F -- Thierry Henry (New York), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).

Galaxy's Bruce Arena, David Beckham, Omar Gonzalez up for top awards

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The Galaxy's Bruce Arena, David Beckman and Omar Gonzalez are among the finalists for three of Major League Soccer's top postseason prizes, the MLS announced Monday.

Arena, who Sunday became the winnigest postseason coach in league history, is among three candidates for coach-of-the-year honors, midfielder Beckman is up for comeback player of the year and Gonzalez is among the nominees for defender of the year for the second season in a row.

Under Arena, the Galaxy finished with the best regular-season record in the MLS for the second consecutive year. After winning the Western Conference championship Sunday, the Galaxy will play in the MLS Cup final for the second time in three years. That game will be played Nov. 20 at the Home Depot Center.

Beckham finished second in the league with 15 regular-season assists in 26 games. A year ago, he played in only seven games and had only one assist. The winners for comeback player and coach of the year will be revealed Nov. 14.

Gonzalez has been a finalist for a major league award in each of this three MLS seasons. He was the rookie of the year in 2009 and was nominated twice for defender of the year. This year's top defender will be announced Wednesday.

The three finalists for most valuable player in the league are Brad Davis of the Houston Dynamo, Dwayne De Rosario of DC United and Brek Shea of FC Dallas. The winner will be announced Nov. 18.

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Photo: David Beckham. Credit: Pedro Armestre / EPA.

 

David Beckham's assist leads Galaxy to 1-0 win over Red Bulls in playoff opener

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David Beckham might not be able to run as much as he did when he was in the prime of his career, but he can still deliver a soccer ball halfway up a field with incredible precision.

Beckham’s long passes served as the Galaxy’s primary method of attack in its Major League Soccer playoff opener and the world-famous midfielder’s 15th-minute pass over the top of the New York Red Bulls’ back line led to Mike Magee’s goal in a 1-0 victory Sunday.

The two-game quarterfinal series will conclude on Thursday at Home Depot Center in Carson. Because the winner will be decided by total goals, the Galaxy could advance to the semifinals if it holds the Red Bulls to a scoreless draw.

Based on how the Red Bulls looked Sunday, the Galaxy’s well-organized defense should feel confident about its chances of shutting them out in the return leg. Outside of forward Thierry Henry, who didn’t get many touches in the second half, the Red Bulls were largely devoid of creativity. Their serious attacks were limited to the first and last five minutes of the second half.

But the same could be said of the Galaxy, which created few chances that didn’t come off the end of a pass from Beckham.

Magee ran onto a 40-yard bomb by Beckham in the 12th minute, which resulted in a loose ball that Robbie Keane sent crashing into the right post. The rebound found its way to Magee, who headed the ball over the goal from close range.

Magee redeemed himself three minutes later, when, off a set piece, Beckham found him open on the left side of the penalty box. Magee took the ball on one bounce and volleyed it past a frozen Rost inside of the far post for the only goal of the game.

Keane, who hadn’t played in more than a month because of an abdominal strain, nearly doubled the lead in the 45th minute. Keane intercepted a careless header by Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards back to Rost and dribbled around the goalkeeper, only to be caught by him from behind at the left endline.

Keane was more involved in the game than the other Galaxy attacker who returned to the lineup, Landon Donovan. Though Donovan was largely invisible during the match, he nearly scored in the 55th minute when Red Bulls defender Tim Ream fell and allowed him to run onto a long pass from Todd Dunivant. Donovan’s shot was pushed wide of the goal by Rost. 

Perhaps the only real drama came after the final whistle, when ineffective Red Bulls midfielder Rafael Marquez threw a ball at a Galaxy player. The longtime Mexican national team captain attempted to headbutt and punch Galaxy midfielder Juninho –- he missed both -– which led to the two teams exchanging shoves in midfield.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Galaxy midfielder David Beckham steals the ball from Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere during play in the first half Sunday. Credit: Anthony Gruppuso / US Presswire

David Beckham receives one-game suspension in Galaxy win

Beckham3 A last-minute yellow card Wednesday night earned Galaxy midfielder David Beckham a one-game suspension.

With the Galaxy protecting a 1-0 lead over Columbus Crew, Beckham stood over a free kick from about 25 yards out. Columbus defenders appeared to be inside the referee’s chalk lines, indicating the 10-yard barrier, and Beckham protested, to no avail.

“When you spray the lines, you expect 10 yards,” Beckham said. “That guy was two yards inside the line. I’m waiting for the referee to move him back, but he gave me a card.”

The suspension, coming after Beckham’s eighth yellow of the season, will keep him out of the Galaxy’s game at the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 30.

“However that can be changed, however that can be looked at, there could be some appeal,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s possible.

“Just another bad call from the referee. It’s frustrating because I don’t want to miss games, and it’s in the rule books –- if that line goes down, the players have to be behind it.”

Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena felt just as strongly about the referee’s decision, even suggesting the referee should pay a fine for it.

“If there’s ever a [yellow card] that should be rescinded or at least make the referee pay the fine, it makes zero sense,” Arena said. “The best way to manage that game is to say here’s the mark, either step off or you have to add five seconds to the game. Absolutely makes no sense.”

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Photo: David Beckham, left, argues with a referee as he receives a yellow card during the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Wednesday. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press

Real Madrid in town to face Beckham, Donovan and the Galaxy

For the second consecutive summer, Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho brought his club to Los Angeles for its preseason training. Real Madrid's first preseason friendly will be Saturday against the Galaxy, and Mourinho said he expects a competitive atmosphere in the Coliseum.

"It is exactly what we need, and it is exactly what we want," he said Tuesday. "I don't like preseason matches to end 10 to nil. ... I like serious matches, and [the Galaxy] always gives me that.

"The level of teams in the tournament gives us exactly what we need: difficult matches against difficult teams that are on a different level than us because they are in the middle of their season."

Mourinho brought a roster filled with stars to the United States, including forward Cristiano Ronaldo, midfielder Kaka, defender Sergio Ramos and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, and he said American fans would see them all.

"Of course, it's not a priority, but everybody wants to win. Everybody tries to win every single match and every single tournament," he said. "My team will not be at the top because we just started training today, but my promise is all my players are going to play."

Galaxy midfielder David Beckham played for Real Madrid from 2003 to 2007, immediately prior to coming to Los Angeles. He did not play in the friendly last summer because he was on loan to Inter Milan.

"To be facing Real Madrid for the first time, actually, since I left, it's emotional because you get attached to a club," Beckham said. "It's a great occasion for everybody in America and the world to be able to watch the likes of Cristiano and Iker.”

While Beckham and the members of Real Madrid trumpeted the game's purpose, Galaxy forward Landon Donovan admitted his club knows where this game stands in the greater scheme.

"For us, as exciting as it is, our important games are our league games or tomorrow's Open Cup game or our Champions League game coming later in the year," he said.

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David Beckham likely will miss another game, Galaxy coach says

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Sounds like David Beckham will miss his second consecutive game when the Galaxy visits the San Jose Earthquakes this weekend.

Beckham rode the bench during the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory at Colorado on Saturday. Afterward, Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena cited back spasms as the cause. After Tuesday’s practice, Arena said those spasms were still plaguing the midfielder.

“I would think David is unlikely to play this week,” Arena told Mlssocer.com.

Beckham is listed as questionable in this week’s injury report.

“This thing came up all of the sudden, at the end of last week,” Arena said. “We made a decision and we have to be smart about it and did that.”

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David Beckham likely to miss Galaxy's game against Houston to take another trip to England

Lkv3f6nc Unlike Landon Donovan, who is going nowhere, David Beckham appears to be off on his travels once again.

Reports out of England reveal that the Galaxy midfielder will miss the team's match against the Houston Dynamo in Carson on Wednesday in order to take part in a testimonial game for his retiring former Manchester United teammate and close friend Gary Neville.

Beckham will play alongside a host of other Manchester United veterans in a game against Juventus on Tuesday night at the English Premier League team's Old Trafford stadium. He will then fly directly to Boston to join up with the Galaxy for next Saturday's match against the New England Revolution.

The Galaxy would neither confirm nor deny the reports on Thursday, with Coach Bruce Arena saying only that a decision would be made after Saturday night's game against Chivas USA.

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David Beckham and son escape injury and citation after 405 Freeway accident

David-beckham_375 Galaxy midfielder and former England international David Beckham escaped injury when his luxury car struck the rear of another vehicle that had broken down in the carpool lane on the southbound 405 Freeway.

The accident, which occurred on Friday morning shortly after 9 as Beckham was heading for training at the Home Depot Center, took place just south of Artesia Boulevard in Torrance, according to a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

She said the driver of the stalled car, identified only as a 40-year-old Los Angeles man, was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

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David Beckham to do a unique royal wedding-FC Dallas doubleheader

Becks It has never been done in soccer history and in all likelihood nothing like it will ever be done again, but David Beckham will do it next week.

On April 29, a week from Friday, the Galaxy midfielder will attend the royal wedding in London between Britain's Prince William and fiance Kate Middleton.

The next day, Beckham will be in Texas for the Galaxy's Major League Soccer game Sunday against FC Dallas.

In other words, Beckham will be accomplishing the  rare, if not unique, Westminster Abbey-Pizza Hut Park doubleheader. Talk about your contrasts.

Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena is not thrilled by the whole thing but understands the priorities in play.

"Obviously, it's not ideal with the travel, but it's a royal wedding and those don't come around very often," Beckham said Thursday after practice in Carson. "So I'll be there for the game, but it'll be down to Bruce to decide if I play or not.

"I'll go to the wedding on Friday and then I'll fly out of London straight to Dallas on Saturday morning. I'll arrive before the [Galaxy] team. I'm used to the travel. I'll speak to the manager. It'll be down to the manager to see how I feel on the day of the game and I'll do everything right and do everything that is best for the team.

"Bruce understands and the club understands that obviously it's important. He knows that I'll be sacrificing the travel to turn up in Dallas. Bruce said to me, 'Do you want to not go to the game?' But it's important to me, it's important to the players, that they see me there."

Beckham said he and his wife, Victoria, and their three sons all would travel to London, but the children would not attend the wedding. Meanwhile, Arena said he was more concerned about Saturday night's match against the Portland Timbers than about anything Beckham might be up to.

"I don't comment on his social calendar," Arena said. "David's playing against Dallas."

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Photo: David Beckham watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the New Orleans Hornets during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in L.A. on April 20, 2011. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Galaxy postscript: David Beckham and Juninho suspended as discipline and goals disappear

Ljmfpsnc The Galaxy can't seem to get many goals these days, but cards are a different matter.

For the third game in a row, in a 0-0 tie at Toronto on Wednesday night, Coach Bruce Arena's team had a player ejected. This time it was Brazilian midfielder Juninho who received the red, in injury time.

For the fifth time in six games this season, David Beckham got himself a yellow card. This time it was for a retaliatory foul.

The end result is that the Galaxy is 2-1-3 as it heads for Chicago to play the Fire on Sunday. Juninho and Beckham will be suspended for that game, and Landon Donovan remains questionable with an inflamed right knee.

Aside from the results and the lack of goals--only five in six games--the troubling aspect for Arena is his team's apparent lack of discipline. Chris Birchall got a red card against Philadelphia. Jovan Kirovski got a red card against D.C. United. Now Juninho has joined their ranks.

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