Major League Soccer clubs returned to action this week as Los Angeles, Toronto, and Seattle all played their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first legs on Wednesday night.
In the first game of the night, played before more than 47,000 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the home team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Ryan Johnson and rookie Luis Silva, but could not hold on as Mike Magee pulled one back for LA before halftime and Landon Donovan buried a late equalizer.
Right this way to the highlights:
One interesting sequence not shown in the clip above: As Beckham lined up the corner kick that led to the tying goal, he was showered with streamers, abuse, and one green beer can from the Toronto faithful. He made a point of fetching up the can (it missed him) and showing it to the referee’s assistant on the sideline and the fourth official across the field before taking the corner.
Moments later, after Donovan poked home the equalizer, Beckham turned back to the fans behind him and let them have it. They did not have a counterargument.
It was fairly awesome, and another example of why Becks has won us over: he puts the soccer first, and he’s still fired up to play and compete.
Toronto visits LA for the second leg next Wednesday, March 14 (Fox Soccer, 10:00 p.m. ET).