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Galindo scores twice as Chivas downs Beckham, Galaxy

Aug 24, 2007 - 5:41 AM CARSON, California (Ticker) -- David Beckham started for the Los Angeles Galaxy after all. But he was unable to inspire his team in its match against Chivas USA.

Maykel Galindo scored two goals to lead Chivas USA to a 3-0 victory over the Galaxy on Thursday.

After a scoreless first half, Galindo took a long ball that was mistrapped by Galaxy defender Kyle Veris and sent a quick shot past goalkeeper Joe Cannon to give Chivas a 1-0 advantage in the 58th minute.

It did not take long for Galindo to strike again. He picked up his 10th goal of the season after taking a pass from Francisco Mendoza in the 69th minute, doubling Chivas' lead.

"Maykel has been a key ingredient for us this year," Chivas coach Preki Radosavljevic said. "He's a big plus for us and we will need him for the rest of year."

Mendoza followed with his first goal of the campaign in the 88th minute. The Mexican midfielder took a pass from Sacha Kljestan and curled in a left-footed shot from 12 yards out to extend Chivas' advantage to 3-0.

"If it's not the worst result since I've been here, then it's pretty close," Galaxy coach Frank Yallop said. "I suppose you can make some excuse for travel and such, but overall, a pretty poor performance. I didn't see a lot of fight in the team tonight."

Beckham, who managed just two shots that both missed the net, was involved in a skirmish in the 48th minute.

After Beckham was fouled by midfielder Jesse Marsch, Chivas defender Alex Zotinca and Galaxy midfielder Kevin Harmse both were ejected for violent conduct. Zotinca head-butted Harmse, who had punched Zotinca.

"I apologized to him," Marsch said of his tackle on Beckham. "I respect him. The challenge was a little harder than I would have liked it to have been, I was just trying to slow him down."

Beckham's shot in the seventh minute sailed over the net, while his attempt in the 54th minute missed wide left.

"I wasn't going to play him at all," Yallop said of Beckham, who played all 90 minutes for England in a friendly against Germany in his homeland on Wednesday.

"But he wanted to play and realizes the situation that the team is in. We need points and he's that kind of a guy, at 2-0 down, he could have a bit of magic and make a difference. At the end, he looked a bit hobbled and he should have been rested."

Chivas goalkeeper Brad Guzan needed to make just one save en route to his eighth shutout of the season and 15th career.