PONTE VEDRA BEACH - David Beckham
scored a trademark free-kick as L.A. Galaxy beat Sporting Kansas
City 4-1 while the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers drew
1-1 in the 'Cascadia' derby in Major League Soccer action this
The Galaxy trailed to an Omar Gonzalez own goal but fought
back through two goals from Landon Donovan either side of
half-time - the first a penalty and the second a tap-in after a
smart exchange with Chad Barrett.
Colombian Juan Pablo Angel made it 3-1 before the
36-year-old Beckham curled in a 20 yard free-kick from the left
to complete a comfortable victory.
A crowd of over 36,000 turned out at Qwest Field in Seattle
to watch the Sounders take on local rivals Portland in the first
top flight meeting of the two clubs since the days of the old
A left foot drive from Alvaro Fernandez put the Sounders in
front in the 51st minute but Futty Danso headed in a Jack
Jewsbury free-kick in the 64th minute to earn John Spencer's
Timbers a point.
Real Salt Lake's hangover from their CONCACAF Champions
League Final defeat continued with a disappointing
goalless draw at home to the Houston Dynamo.
A Shalrie Joseph penalty gave the New England Revolution a
1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps while Dallas enjoyed a 2-0
victory over the Philadelphia Union thanks to a close-range
finish from Brek Shea and a Fabian Castillo header.
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