If a week is a long time in politics, the same is true for David Beckham.
Last weekend was an unmitigated disaster, Becks was heckled by his own fans that provoked the England star into aggressively responding to the LA Riot Squad. That brought with it a sackload of extra criticism for Goldenballs, which was made official by the MLS dishing out a small but significant fine to Beckham for his unruly behaviour.
On Saturday night Beckham returned to the field for his third appearance since ending his loan spell at AC Milan, an MLS match away at the KC Wizards.
Before the match started, TV analyst and former LA Galaxy General Manager Alexi Lalas gave his appraisal of the recent Beckham brouhaha, with the former United States defender making the candid point that unlike in previous seasons Beckham’s Galaxy are this season already performing on the field. Bruce Arena has put together a well-oiled unit who were winning matches even before the homecoming of their number 23. As such, Beckham, arguably for the first time since moving Stateside, is now no more than another LA Galaxy team-member rather that the focal-point for all the team’s hopes and dreams.
In the match itself Beckham took another step to move the conversation away from the events of last week.
Firstly, El Becks teed-up his most vocal critic, Landon Donovan, for the United States’ forward to equalise in the 1-all draw. And secondly, 10 minutes before time Beckham had the opportunity to right the wrong of his fallout with the fans as, when taking a throw-in, the former Manchester United midfielder was caught on camera in jovial discussion with a fan in an England shirt and, after a few moments of banter Beckham went over to shake the supporter’s hand.
A full Beckham watch of his match against the KC Wizards can be seen here.