LA defender Sean Franklin scored his first MLS goal off of a free-kick taken by David Beckham to beat the visiting Crew.David Beckham had a bittersweet evening as his performance led to both a win and a suspension for the Los Angeles Galaxy’s next match.
The 36-year-old midfielder delivered one of his trademark free-kicks in the 70th minute that ricocheted off Columbus’s defensive wall and to the foot of Sean Franklin, who pounced to score his first Major League Soccer goal in the 1-0 victory. Franklin hugged Beckham in celebration, thanking the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star.
However, it wasn’t all smiles for Beckham.
He lost his cool when he was booked for time wasting, almost earning another yellow card before being pulled away by his teammates. Due to his yellow card tally for the season, his eighth of the season, he is suspended for the Galaxy’s upcoming match at Vancouver.
Replays show that the former England international was waiting for the defenders to back up the mandatory 10 yards before he attempted a free-kick. This continues the season-long word of wars between Beckham and MLS officiating.
"Maybe you should ask the referee. But when he sprays the lines, you expect him to enforce them," Beckham said. "It's just another bad call by the referee."
Los Angeles remains undefeated at home, going 11 games at the Home Depot Center without a loss.
It was a tightly contested match between the two sides as Columbus had eight shots on target and tested LA’s defense. Josh Saunders, starting place of injured Donovan Ricketts, made six saves to earn his third clean sheet of the season.
Knowles Adkisson contributed additional reporting to this article.
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