Beckham sets up goal, Galaxy beats Thunder

November 11, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS -- Thousands of fans went to the Metrodome to see David Beckham do something exciting. He gave them what they wanted.

In the seventh minute, Beckham lofted a pass to Edson Buddle from 30 yards out, hitting Buddle in the chest and setting him up for an easy goal.

It was the Galaxy's only regulation goal in a 1-1 tie Sunday. The Galaxy went on to beat the USL's Minnesota Thunder in a shootout.

While the assist was Beckham's only point, he had several crossing passes that just missed. Beckham handled the Galaxy's free, penalty and goal kicking duties. He played 73 minutes and exited to a thundering ovation.

The game was a final tune up for Beckham and teammate Landon Donovan, who will both leave to play for their respective national teams next week. Beckham will join the England to play Austria on Friday, while Donovan will travel to South Africa with the U.S. team.

The Galaxy were originally scheduled to come to Minnesota on Oct. 10, but the match was rescheduled after Beckham sprained his knee. The Thunder changed the business model for the event in an effort to be more family friendly, lowering ticket prices and moving the start time up to 5:30 p.m.

The Thunder also donated more than 2,000 tickets to youth charities around the state. They hoped to set a new attendance record for Minnesota soccer, but the announced attendance of 20,123 came up well short of the 46,164 people that showed up to see Pele play with the New York Cosmos in 1976.

The event -- called "Copa Minnesota" -- is the Galaxy's only U.S. stop to a non-MLS city this season. The Thunder plan on making Copa Minnesota an annual occurrence to bring top North American soccer teams to the state.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press