Monday, September 15, 2008

Beckham jeered during LA Galaxy defeat

David Beckham admitted he is paying the price on the pitch because of his jet-setting lifestyle after being jeered by LA Galaxy supporters during their disappointing 2-0 MLS defeat to Kansas City.

Beckham, 33, arrived back in the States on Friday, two days after representing England as a substitute during their 4-1 World Cup qualifying win in Croatia, having played a part in the 2-0 win over Andorra in Barcelona a few days beforehand.

But as the Galaxy extended their woeful run of 12 games without a win, seriously denting their hopes of reaching the play-offs, Beckham appeared jaded and was roundly jeered for his efforts by disgruntled supporters, notably after he squandered a trademark free-kick.

After two good goals in quick succession from Josh Wolff and Davy Arnaud gifted Kansas the victory, a tired Beckham – who played the entire 90 minutes – greeted the press.

"Good evening, good afternoon – I'm not sure what it is at the moment," he said in a disoriented manner.

After all, the fatigued England midfielder had crossed nine different time zones within four different cities (via London, Barcelona, Zagreb, Kansas) in the last week, not to mention his visit to Beijing at the end of the Olympic Games, when he briefly promoted the forthcoming London 2012 Games, last month.

Acknowledging the crowd's reaction to his below-par performance, a naturally disappointed Beckham said: "Obviously, it's tough because I'm trying to get back into the time zone and didn't sleep well last night, which didn't help.

"It's something that I've got used to. It's tough at times, especially when I don't have many games before I play again."

Bruce Arena's side host DC United (who won 4-1 the last time the two met) on Saturday in a must-win game for the Galaxy.

Currently bottom of the Western Division standings defeat would effectively spell an end to what remains of their faint play-off ambitions, earning Beckham a prolonged playing rest until the beginning of the new American season which resumes in March next year.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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