Beckham sent off as Galaxy woes continue

David Beckham (left) is shown a straight red card for his tackle on Seattle Sounders star Peter Vagenas.
David Beckham’s time at the Los Angeles Galaxy continues to grow sour as he was sent off in Saturday’s 2-0 Major League Soccer defeat to Seattle Sounders.

The former England captain was given a straight red card for a tackle on Sounders midfielder Peter Vagenas in the 17th minute. Beckham was booed off the field but he insists there was no maliciousness involved. “Pete is one of my best friends,” Beckham told Galaxy’s official Web site. “I think it’s a hard tackle but by no means a red card. I’ve never gone into a tackle wanting to hurt someone. The referee saw it differently.” Beckham has had a hard time back in America since returning from a successful loan spell with Italian giants AC Milan. On his arrival in LA he was embroiled in a row with team-mate Landon Donovan over comments the American striker made in a book — which questioned the Englishman’s commitment to the Galaxy.

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And he was twice involved in confrontations with fans during his first three games back in a Galaxy shirt. The 34-year-old is likely to seek a repeat of his loan spell with Milan from January to May this year when his stint with the Galaxy comes to an end as he bids to figure in Fabio Capello’s England squad for next summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa.