David Beckham Earns First MLS Red Card

In the Galaxy match versus the Seattle Sounders, Beckham is given a red card for serious foul play versus former teammate Peter Vagenas.
CARSON, Calif. -- England midfielder David Beckham was ejected for the first time in his Major League Soccer career.

In the 17th minute of the match versus the Seattle Sounders DC, Beckham went in for a tackle in midfield against Peter Vagenas, who was a Galaxy teammate. He came over the ball and ground into the shin of the midfielder with his studs.

Referee Ricardo Salazar did not hesitate in pulling out the red card for Beckham, who featured in the first half of Wednesday's England friendly versus Holland.

Though Beckham has been criticized by some Galaxy fans for his extended loan to AC Milan and his wish to return there next season, the fans in attendance were generally supportive of him after the incident, booing the referee's decision.

However, less than ten minutes after Beckham was sent off, the Sounders opened the scoring, as Steve Zakuani finished off a pass from Brad Evans.

The Galaxy were already somewhat depleted in the first half, as star player Landon Donovan, who had recently suffered from a bout with the H1N1 flue virus, was on the bench and did not play.

Beckham's last red card in a league game came when he still played for Real Madrid in match versus Real Betis on  February 17, 2007.

Andrea Canales, Goal.com

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