VANCOUVER – David Beckham isn’t just a pretty face.
The Vancouver Whitecaps learned that the hard way on Wednesday night at BC Place, as the former Manchester United man scored a goal and played a part in Jose Villareal’s equalizer as the LA Galaxy stormed back from a two-goal deficit to claim a 2-2 draw.
“I think two months ago we wouldn't have been able to come back from a two-goal deficit,” Beckham said following the match. “But we've got character over the last couple of months and back into our team. They obviously had a lot of play in the first half and they played well, but we were able to capitalize on the hard work that we put in towards the end of the game.”
The Whitecaps did have a lot of play indeed, thanks to designated player Barry Robson, making his home debut, and fellow goalscorer Gershon Koffie. The two bossed the centre of the park for the early part of the match and each picked up a first-half goal for their efforts.
Koffie got things started with a left-footed effort, before Robson opened his MLS account with his 100th career professional goal by scoring a powerful header from a Lee Young-Pyo cross from the right.
“It’s a great ball – the ball always makes it for me,” Robson told reporters following the match. “Y.P. put in a fantastic ball and he takes as much credit as I do.”
Robson oozed about his partner in midfield when prompted, suggesting the biggest problem will be keeping Koffie in Vancouver, such is his talent.
“He’s easy – because he’s a good player,” Robson said of playing with the Ghanaian. “He’s a young kid and we’re going to make him better and he will get better. These are the players we need to keep at this football club. They’re the ones that are the future of this football club.”
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Robson went toe to toe with Beckham throughout the match, squaring up and exchanging pleasantries after a number of tasty tackles.
“He’s a terrific footballer and he’s a great ambassador for the game,” Robson said. “A lot of people look up to him. He’s a terrific talent and a nice guy as well. When you’re on a football pitch I’m sure it doesn’t matter who anybody is, and I don’t care who anybody is. So at the end of the day I’m just trying to win it for my team and he’s trying to win it for his.”