Beckham, Galaxy beat Sydney in third-place match

February 24, 2008

HONOLULU -- David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat Sydney FC 2-1 Saturday night in the third-place match of the Pan-Pacific Championship exhibition tournament.

Gamba Osaka was set to face the Houston Dynamo later Saturday in the championship match at Aloha Stadium.

The Galaxy got first-half goals from Ely Allen and Josh Tudela to edge Sydney of Australia's A-League.

Los Angeles struck first on a one-timer by Allen in the third minute. Beckham booted a long pass over the crowd from about 25 yards out and Allen put it past Sydney FC goalkeeper Ivan Neceveski.

Sydney FC tied it on a line-drive shot by Brendan Renaud in the 42nd minute. Renaud, a defender, blasted a left-footed shot from 30 yards out that whizzed past the outstretched arms of Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin.

Tudela's goal just before halftime put the Galaxy back on top in the 45th minute. Beckham passed a ball across the 18-yard box, but Neceveski dove to deflect it. The rebound came off to Tudela, who easily put it away with his left foot from about eight yards out.

Sydney FC lost 3-0 Wednesday to the Houston Dynamo, the two-time defending MLS champion. L.A. rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Gamba Osaka.


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