In 2012, David Beckham has scored three goals for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Already, two of them have taken the Goal of the Week honor. Now, the English midfielder's free kick goal against the San Jose Earthquakes is nominated for a GOTW for Week 17. Will Beckham win again?
In the 31st minute, Beckham took a free kick. His kick went over the wall and curved into the goal. Jon Busch looked frozen as the ball sailed in. The goal evened up the score, 1-1. Unfortunately, we lost but Beckham's goal was one of the highlights of the night.
Beckham Dominates the Polls
In the past two years, Beckham has been nominated five times for an AT&T Goal of the Week. The past four times he has been nominated, he has won. Likewise, there have been several occasions where he has won by a considerable margin. Take, for instance, his free kick goal against Sporting Kansas City in May of 2011. This trademark bender annihilated the competition and took 77 percent of the vote. Similarly, in April of 2012, Becks captured close to 74% of the vote for an amazing shot from 25-yards out against the Portland Timbers. While I don't think this goal is as good as these previous goals, I'm sure he will be a strong contender for the honor.
Along with Beckham's bender, there were two other goals nominated from the California Clasico. Chris Wondolowski's back heel flick showed skill. Yet, perhaps teammate Victor Bernardez exhibited more precision with his one-touch volley goal off a corner. Jan Gunner Solli's goal was the result of good teamwork. I'm a bit smitten with the way Chris Pontius got around all those defenders to score on a diagonal shot. Overall, it was a good group of goals. However, Beckham always seems to win these competitions. In week 10, Beckham's wicked free kick against the Montreal Impact took the Goal of the Week award also. Initially, it appeared as if Lee Nguyen 's long distance half-volley would win. However, due to a record amount of text voting, Beckham edged out Nguyen by about 8%.
I don't think Beckham will win the GOTW by a landslide. However, based on his track record, I wouldn't be surprised if he took his third honor in 2012.
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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