VANCOUVER, Canada – It was an up-and-down performance for David Beckham on Wednesday as the midfielder started slowly – along with the rest of the LA Galaxy – but finished strong in the club’s 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
It was a hostile welcome to Vancouver by the Whitecaps faithful, who chanted “Olympic Reject” whenever the midfielder touched the ball. The night started slowly for Beckham, who was dispossessed on the Whitecaps first goal, allowing Gerson Koffie to put Vancouver up a goal early. But Beckham would redeem himself in the 81st minute when he kick-started the Galaxy's rally with LA's first goal of the night. With the goal, Beckham has now registered four goals and two assists in his last three games.
Below are Beckham’s thoughts from the draw at BC Place:
(On the match…)
BECKHAM: “I think two months ago we wouldn't have been able to come back from a two-goal deficit. But we've got character over the last couple of months and back into our team. They obviously had a lot of play in the first half and they played well, but we were able to capitalize on the hard work that we put in towards the end of the game.”
(On the atmosphere at BC Place…)
BECKHAM: “It was a good atmosphere, it's a good crowd and it's nice to see the number of people who turned out. It's great to have a hostile crowd; it's the way it should be in the game. It brings excitement and brings passion and gets both teams up, so we want more of that.”
(On the addition of Robson and Miller to Whitecaps FC…)
BECKHAM: “It's always good for the league and good for different teams when European players come over and play here because they've got a lot of experience and played at a high level so it's good to see. It can only be great for the game in this country.”
(On Villarreal’s goal…)
BECKHAM: “Great goal. He's been doing in week in and week out in training. He works hard in training, he's a young kid and he likes to learn and he listens to the older players. Tonight was a good game for him.”
(On friction with Barry Robson…)
BECKHAM: “Obviously we're both passionate about the game and both passionate about winning. He's Scottish, I'm English, so there's always a little bit of bite there. We went at it a little bit and we spoke after and it's all fine, but we both want to win the game so it's nice to have that in a game because it shows people care.”
(On playing better at home…)
BECKHAM: “I think we played a lot better when we were at home. That was the difference tonight. Obviously they played well, but at home we played our best 45 minutes of the season at that point. We didn't play as well tonight, but not taking anything away from Vancouver they played well.”
(On spoiling the ‘Caps lead…)
BECKHAM: “I much prefer to play a winning role but it's always nice to get a goal. I've scored a couple in the last few games. It's been enjoyable and I hope it continues.”
VANCOUVER, Canada— It was a night to remember for Jose Villarreal as the forward scored his first professional goal saving a point for the LA Galaxy in a 2-2 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Villarreal’s goal was a wonderstrike that was created from a ball over-the-top from David Beckham that allowed Juninho to dish to the youngster. Villarreal then cut past Gerson Koffie and fired a left-footed shot into the far post of the net. Above is a photo that I snapped of the autographed game ball that was presented to Villarreal from the entire Galaxy squad.
Villarreal’s thoughts after his first professional goal below:
(On coming late and changing the result…)
VILLARREAL: “I was happy that I finally got the chance and happy that I got the goal to tie it up so I’m really happy with the result.”
(On his world-class finish and how it started…)
VILLARREAL: “I don’t know, I’m just training every day and it just comes out. I saw the ball and I immediately cut it to my left foot and then just hit it far post.”
(On his mindset through the game…)
VILLARREAL: “Everything was pretty fast and once I got a couple of touches on the ball then the game slowed down. I got my rhythm and then I scored.”
(On his thoughts immediately after scoring the goal…)
VILLARREAL: “I didn’t have any words to describe it. I was very happy and I just want to keep going.
(Is this the start of playing more…)
VILLARREAL: “ I don’t know, that’s up to the coaches, but I’m going to continue to keep working and hopefully I’ll get more minutes, but if not then I’ll keep working.
PORTLAND, Ore. – It was a banner night for Robbie Keane against the Portland Timbers as the Irishman tallied his third two goal game of the season.
With his brace against Portland, Keane is now the Galaxy's leading goal scorer this season with eight.
Here are Keane’s post game thoughts…
(On how fun that match was…)
KEANE: “It’s obviously fun when you score goals, but I think like any professional, you’re disappointed in the goals that you conceded. I’m delighted with the win, but we have to certainly stop these goals that we’re conceding because it seems like we have to score a lot more goals to beat teams and that shouldn’t be the case.”
(On how the JELD-WEN atmosphere…)
KEANE: “The atmosphere is great, the fans were in great voice and certainly when they scored that first goal in the first couple of minutes, the place erupted, but I think we silenced them a little bit. Certainly, in the first half with the way we played and the way that we came back into the game with the quick goals that we got. Obviously though, full credit to the fans because towards the end of the game they were singing so well done to them.
(On the response to the early deficit…)
KEANE: “I think that’s important, that’s been the case hasn’t it? In the last few games we’re conceding goals and we’re chasing the game and with any team, you don’t want to be doing that. You want to try and get a lead and then hold on to it, but for some reason, we keep conceding then we have to score more goals to beat teams.”
(Mood at halftime with Portland planning to come out aggressive…)
KEANE: “We knew that would be the case. It’s been our downfall in a few games, conceding goals straight after halftime. It’ll kill you a little bit. Certainly against San Jose that was the case, but we knew what to expect and I think that we’re the team that came out a bit sharper to be honest with you. We got the fifth goal and killed the game off.”
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Set to return to the field on Saturday, David Beckham believes that he has moved beyond the circumstances that led to his recent suspension.
The Galaxy midfielder spoke at length on Wednesday about his feelings about his two game suspension that for his actions in the closing minutes of the Galaxy’s 3-2 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes. In stoppage time of the match, Beckham, twice kicked a ball in the direction of referee Hilario Grajeda and San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin, who was on the ground. The second kick struck Cronin, resulting in a yellow card for Beckham that led his suspension for the July 4th contest against the Philadelphia Union.
Last Thursday, Beckham was given an additional game and fined an undisclosed sum by the MLS disciplinary committee for "confrontational and provocative behavior” for his involvement in a scrum following the Earthquakes defeat that left him suspended for the match against the Chicago Fire. Suspended for the weekend match, Beckham was present at Wimbledon men's final on Sunday.
Here are some of Beckham’s thoughts on the matter.
(On whether the rest during the suspension served some benefit...)
Possibly, it’s always good to get some rest when you’re a little bit older than the rest of the players, but I never like to miss games and getting the yellow card and missing out obviously enabled me to get some rest.
(on whether or not he deserved a second game suspension…)
BECKHAM: “I think that you have to ask the people that decide these decisions because they seem to miss everything else apart from the main talking point. They seem to miss everything around them and I think Bruce said it already about the referee not being in control of the game. Did I deserve a yellow card? Yeah, I probably did deserve a yellow card because of my reaction. Did I deserve the second game? That’s for other people to talk about; other people talk about it very well by the way.”
(On others believing that he deserved more of a suspension…)
BECKHAM: “Yeah, well, they’re the jealous ones unfortunately. There the ones that like to sit in front of the TV and discuss, even my life when I’m not playing the game. Maybe I’m at a tennis game, they like to discuss that, but that’s people that maybe like to get in the limelight a bit too much. But at the end of the day, I’ve missed out on two games which I’m disappointed with, but the guys got a great result in Chicago and that’s a good thing.”
(On regretting the incident…)
BECKHAM: “I never regret anything in my life, in my career. There's moments I wish hadn't happened, but I always try to go through life and my career never regretting stuff. It's over and done with now, as far as I'm concerned.”
CARSON, Calif. – David Beckham may not be suiting for Team Great Britain when they take the field, but that does not mean that the Galaxy midfielder will not play some role in the 2012 Summer Games.
After the Galaxy’s training session on Thursday, Beckham fielded questions on his Olympic snub for the first time since the announcement on June 28th. During a majority of a nine minute interview, Beckham fielded questions about his role in the Olympics and his feelings after on the decision that Team GB manager Stuart Pearce had decided to leave him home.
While the 37-year-old midfielder admitted that his role in the London Games is an evolving one—that may cause him to miss the MLS All-Star game—Beckham refuted speculation that he would light the Olympic torch and that he could be considered as a late injury substitution for the Olympic side.
Beckham’s thoughts below:
(On his Olympic participation schedule…)
BECKHAM: “I’ve been speaking to Seb Coe and a few other people about what I’m going to be doing. It’s yet to be decided, but I will be a part of it in some way. It’s not out there yet, but we have talked about a few things. “
(On potentially missing the All-Star Game…)
BECKHAM: “At the moment, I don’t know, I’m obviously very proud to have been picked for the All-Star team which is something that I’ve enjoyed in the past and hopefully I can be there. But obviously, with Olympic commitments, I don’t know yet. I hope that I can be there.”
(On lighting the Olympic torch…)
BECKHAM: “Yeah, I’ve always said that lighting the torch in the stadium is something that should be done by an Olympian and an Olympian that has done incredible things for our country and won gold medals and I’m sure whoever decides that will be an Olympian, but we have to wait and see."
(On whether participation in the games gives him some solace on not making team GB…)
BECKHAM: “No. Obviously, I’m very proud to be an ambassador and I’ve been for the years that have led up to this. Getting the Olympics is one of the proudest to be involved in, to be involved in the bid team was an incredible moment and then all the talk of me possibly performing in an Olympics would have been a very proud moment for me. But everyone knows about how proud I am of representing my country and to do it in my home town, on such a big stage would have been incredible so, of course, I’m disappointed, but life goes on. My family is healthy; I’m pretty healthy so at the end of the day, I’ll be there to support the GB team. We’ve got some incredible athletes all the way through and in every event and it’ll be a proud moment to be there and to know that I was part of bringing the Olympics to the East End of London. I’m proud of that.
(On his conversations with childhood friend and former teammate Ryan Giggs, recently named captain of Team GB…)
BECKHAM: “Yeah, Ryan obviously has had such an amazing career with Manchester United and with the Welsh team. He might not have made a major competition, but for the amount of times that he played for Wales and the way that he’s represented Manchester United over the years, he deserves to be there and deserves to play in a big competition like this. It would have been great to be there with him because we have a lot of great memories of playing with Manchester United, but I hope he gets a gold medal.”
(On Pearce leaving the door open for Beckham as a late injury inclusion…)
BECKHAM: “I doubt that, I doubt that very much. Like I said, I’m going to be happy to be there as a fan above anything else in a part of London where I grew up and where I used to play soccer over the fields that have been changed now. As a fan an as an Englishman, I’m going to be very proud.”
(On his favorite Olympic events…)
BECKHAM: “There’s going to be a few events that I’m looking forward to. Obviously, basketball because I’ve become a basketball fan since I’ve moved here and obviously in Beijing when the U.S. won that, it was incredible to watch. But there are many other events, I’m looking to watch Jessica Anne Souza, who is an incredible athlete and the 100 meter [dash] is always an exciting event so I’ll be taking the kids to a few of them.
(On support that he’s received after he was not selected..)
BECKHAM: “I’ve had an incredible amount of support and obviously, I’d like to thank the British public more than anyone because of the support that they’ve given me, not just this moment, but throughout my career. The support has been incredible, the letters that I’ve got, the phone calls and of course that’s from fans, friends and everyone. People who care and know how disappointed that I am and I was, but like I said, life moves on and I hope that the GB team go to the Olympics and win as many medals and Gold Medals as possible.”
(On Pearce’s reasoning…)
BECKHAM: “You’re probably better off asking him. I’ve moved on and gotten over things and like I said hope that the GB team go to the Olympics and win as many medals and Gold Medals as possible.”