David Beckham’s studs up tackle on Peter Vagenas was not particularly intelligent but we have seen him having these behavioural paroxysms before. It was boneheaded knowing that the attack was strapped without Landon Donovan making him even more indispensable.
The incident took place in the 16th minute leaving the Galaxy without his services for the majority of the game. Donovan a doubtful starter, recovering from swine flu came on in the second half but was not very effective.
Even Bruce Arena found it indefensible:
He said: “When you throw yourself into that kind of tackle there’s a chance you’re going to get sent off. He’s been in enough rodeos to know that.”
Ricardo Salazar was definitely card happy as he booked Tyrone Marshall twice, ejecting him and Eddie Lewis. The Galaxy were reduced to ten men and the Sounders were able to notch up a victory through goals scored by Steve Zakuani and Fredy Montero.