As if losing to the San Jose Earthquakes for the second time this year wasn't bad enough, now the Los Angeles Galaxy will be without David Beckham for the Fourth of July game against the Philadelphia Union. Due to card accumulation, Beckham will serve a one-game suspension. Will he face further consequences for his actions at the California Clasico?
In stoppage time, San Jose's Sam Cronin went down after a collision. The game was almost over and it appeared as if Cronin was wasting time. Beckham, who was over on the sideline, kicked two balls onto the field. One ball hit Cronin. Immediately, the "injured" Cronin got up and made his way to the English midfielder who was given a yellow card for dissent. Shortly after the game ended Beckham had some heated words and exchanged a few shoves with members of the San Jose Earthquakes. Even the Quakes' mascot got in on the action.
After being denied a spot on Great Britain's Olympic squad, Beckham said he was "very disappointed." The 37-year-old played a big role in helping London win the Olympic bid. On June 27th, Stuart Pearce informed the London native that he wouldn't be part of the squad. Instead Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy are the three over age players. Thus, it's likely Beckham's disappointment trickled into the California Clasico. This combined with the loss against San Jose was probably too much. In addition, it was pretty obvious that Cronin was just wasting time.
Beckham has accumulated enough yellow cards for a one-game suspension. However, other players in the league have had worse consequences for similar actions. For instance, Brek Shea kicked the ball at a linesman who had called a foul on the FC Dallas player. Initially Shea wasn't carded but later the MLS Disciplinary Committee gave him a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine. More recently, Beckham's teammate Mike Magee received a yellow card, a one-game suspension and a fine for aggravated dissent. The Galaxy midfielder picked up a ball and threw it in the direction of the referee at the match against the Houston Dynamo.
I don't agree with what Beckham did but I do know he's had a rough week. However, I see a two-game suspension in his future.
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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