In the aftermath of the energetic 2-2 match, those involved had different viewpoints on the fireworks on an off the field.CARSON, Calif. -- The biggest boos of the night were meted out not to the opposing squad that was visiting from Italy, but to a player on the Galaxy squad, David Beckham.
That reaction was due to the fact that the midfielder has made clear that he considers AC Milan not only his former team that he paid out of his own pocket to extend a loan deal with, but his future club as well.
AC Milan will likely welcome him in gladly, as Beckham played particularly well against the Serie A squad. He had a hand in both Galaxy goals scored.
"We'd be happy if he came back, because he did really well today," AC Milan coach Leonardo observed. "It could be a very good thing for us. He knows all of us, and everyone loves him in our group, in our club, and if it's possible [to bring him in] we'll see in the future."
Leonardo noted the positive effect that English star's presence had on the MLS team. "It starts with David Beckham and 40 / 50 meter long balls, and I think sometimes it surprised our defense. With big players like that, forwards who keep the ball, and with the midfielders like Donovan that arrive very, very fast from behind, it's not easy to mark. It's a good team. I think that's why they won four matches in a row in the Major League."
LA defender Todd Dunivant agreed with Leonardo. "We've gained confidence," Dunivant declared. "We're playing better and better as the season goes on."
Though the Galaxy went toe-to-toe with the Italian giants and wound up with a two-two result, their coach, Bruce Arena, wasn't getting carried away.
"It's an exhibition, training for the Milan team, for us an opportunity to keep our first group together 45 minutes and try to play some other players," said Arena. "Those are good experiences. The players in particular who benefited enormously are Omar Gonzalez and AJ DeLaGarza. Those are highlights of their young careers to this point."
Both of the rookie defenders started against AC Milan and acquitted themselves fairly well. Gonzales began the counterattack that led to the Galaxy's first goal.
Though the Galaxy lost two players, Edson Buddle and Alecko Eskandarian, to injury during the match, the liberal substitution rules for a friendly helped the team compensate.
Both players are expected to recover in time for the Galaxy's next match.
One thing that stood out for many during the game was the amount of boos Beckham generated whenever he touched the ball.
Beckham denied that this created extra motivation for thim.
"It doesn’t affect me at the end of the day. You can’t be liked by everybody."
The boos gradually decreased, however, in direct proportion to how well Beckham was playing. He was involved in both goals, and worked hard throughout the hour he played.
"Everybody is trying to pull us apart," stated Alan Gordon. "It's good to see that Landon and David have put aside their differences and they're performing on the field."
Beckham may yet have to keep explaining himself to the most fervent fans of the Galaxy. It didn't go so well tonight.
"There was someone who was saying things that weren’t very nice, stepping over that line. At halftime I looked over and said ‘You need to calm down’."
Arena wasn't too concerned about how die-hard Galaxy fans would take another loan.
"There were some dissenters in the early going, but I think he [Becks] won over a lot of people by the end," said Arena.
Andrea Canales, Goal.com, with additional reporting by Zac Lee Rigg.
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