Beckham watches Galaxy end slide

Jul 25, 2007 - 10:29 AM Special to PA SportsTicker

CARSON, California (Ticker) -- David Beckham was a spectator as the Los Angeles Galaxy opened their SuperLiga group campaign with a much-needed 2-1 victory over Mexico's CF Pachuca on Tuesday.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was ruled out by the ankle injury that limited his MLS debut to a 78th minute substitute appearance against Chelsea last Saturday.

With Beckham watching from an executive box, the Galaxy scored for the first time since his arrival as Alan Gordon and Landon Donovan found the back of the net, ending a three-game skid and winning for the first time since July 4.

"It's a great result against a fine opponent," Galaxy coach Frank Yallop said. "We rode our luck at times in the match but all in all I was very happy with that."

"In spells we showed what we can do," Yallop added. "We moved the ball pretty sharply but we missed some good chances too and we should have scored some more goals."

The Galaxy's next game is another SuperLiga encounter against Chivas Guadalajara at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday, with Yallop more confident Beckham will be fit to play some part in that match.

"I think three or four weeks ago we would have lost that game," Yallop said. "After they equalized in the 78th minute, for us to come right back and score - I think that showed character.

"I think we're starting to grow as a team now."

Yallop believes the anticipation of Beckham's arrival unsettled his side but pointed to Saturday's performance against Chelsea as a possible turning point in their fortunes.

"I think the whole emotional build up to David arriving, and I'm not blaming him," He said. "But he finally arrived and we played poorly against Tigers then came out against Chelsea and decided to have a go, and we did and hopefully that's the start of something we can play like."






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