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Bowl it like Beckham? Galaxy tries a new sport

September 24, 2009 | 12:39 pm

Galaxy photo

Look at that form. Look at that release. Look at that gutter ball.

Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, a strong candidate for Major League Soccer rookie-of-the-year honors, appeared more likely to take a tumble than any of the pins he was aiming at Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles players and coaches, who left today for Saturday's game at the Columbus Crew, took time out to take part in an evening of bowling at the Lucky Strike Lanes in Torrance as part of the Galaxy's third corporate partner appreciation night.

Word has filtered back that defender Gregg Berhalter threw a strike with his first ball, that goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts wouldn't have thrown one if he stayed until next Tuesday and that David Beckham's ability to bend it with his hand did not match his ability to do so with his foot.

Must have been those rented bowling shoes.

-- Grahame L. Jones

Photo: Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez bowls at an alley in Torrance. Credit: German Alegria / L.A. Galaxy.