David Beckham was ejected for a studs-upchallenge in the 17th minute, and the Los Angeles Galaxy finishedwith nine men in a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturdaynight.
Beckham slid into Sounders midfielder Peter Vagenas trying toreach a ball, hooking his right ankle and bringing the formerGalaxy midfielder down to the pitch. Referee Ricardo Salazarimmediately issued the red card, and Beckham did not offer much ofan argument before leaving the field.
It was Beckham's first red card in his MLS career and his secondejection in the MLS. The red card carries an automatic suspensionthat will force Beckham to miss Los Angeles' match at Chicago onWednesday night.
Seattle (8-5-8), which snapped a three-match winless streak,needed only five minutes to convert following Beckham's exit. SteveZakuani scored in the 22nd minute on a 5-yard shot off Brad Evans'cross from the right side of the penalty area, ending a 336-minutescoreless streak for the Sounders.
Evans began the play by intercepting Galaxy defender GreggBerhalter's header and dribbling unmarked down the flank.
Fredy Montero added his 10th goal in the 54th minute. Nate Jaquaheaded Vagenas' corner kick to Montero, who fired a 6-yard shotinto the upper-right corner of the net.
Sounders FC finished with 10 men after Tyrone Marshall receivedhis second yellow card in the 78th minute. Salazar then ejected LosAngeles' Eddie Lewis on a straight red card in the same minute,leaving the Galaxy with nine players.
Landon Donovan, diagnosed with the H1N1 virus Thursday, enteredthe game at the start of the second half for the Galaxy (7-4-10),who had their six-match unbeaten streak stopped.
Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller made three saves for his seventhshutout.
Fans overwhelmingly cheered Beckham when he was introduced inthe starting lineup. One homemade banner behind the south goalread, "Welcome Back Beckham."
The L.A. Riot Squad, the group of fans that displayedanti-Beckham banners when the Galaxy played A.C. Milan on July 19,unveiled none and did not boo Beckham as a unit.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times