David Beckham's sore ankle meant Los Angeles Galaxy's new star could again only watch as they fell 2-1 to Chivas Guadalajara in a SuperLiga tournament group match.
|Los Angeles Galaxy's new star David Beckham|
Second-half goals from Francisco Rodriguez and Omar Bravo gave the Mexican club the victory, with Landon Donovan grabbing a late consolation for the Galaxy.
Beckham was a surprise inclusion in the Galaxy squad, having been categorically ruled out with a nagging ankle injury on Friday by Galaxy coach Frank Yallop. He had failed to train all week following a 78th minute substitute's appearance for his Galaxy debut against Chelsea.
He missed last Tuesday's SuperLiga opening victory against CF Pachuca, the Galaxy's first win in five games. Yallop had even cast doubts as to the England star's availability for this Tuesday night's final SuperLiga group game in Texas against FC Dallas.
Yet Beckham was named as one of the Galaxy substitutes for the match against the Mexican club, whose fans greatly outnumbered the Major League Soccer club's at the Los Angeles Coliseum. After failing to capitalize on their chances in the first half, Chivas broke through in the 59th minute when Omar Esparza sent in a cross from the right to that was met on the penalty spot by fellow defender Rodriguez, who headed the ball home.
Bravo's close-range strike extended Chivas' lead in the 82nd, while Donovan pulled one back for the Galaxy in the 88th minute.
The Galaxy now need a victory in Dallas on Tuesday to move on in the competition. Dallas played to a 1-1 draw with CF Pachuca in Dallas on Saturday.