David Beckham has finally found his scoring touch.
He scored two first-half goals to earn Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake in the Major League Soccer on Saturday. He got his first goal for Galaxy last month.
With Galaxy trailing by two goals early in the first half, Beckham took advantage of a couple of defensive lapses and posted his first double since arriving in the MLS.
“It was a good game in the end,” Beckham said. “I think that we started off terrible the first 20 minutes.
“I think that after the game, there was a feeling that we should have won this game,” Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit said. “After those first 20 minutes, this team battled back.”
His good form is a timely reminder for England manager Fabio Capello not to leave him out for the two friendlies approaching, the second in Trinidad.
Beckham hopes to earn his 101th cap in the next match. He turned 33 last Friday and still harbours hopes of playing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa – if England qualify.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation will spend a total of US$2 million on their friendly with England at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on June 1.
Trinidad football chief Jack Warner insisted that the sum was a fitting one for a centennial celebration and said that the T&TFF had no regrets about the cost. The monies will cover all expenses associated for the event.
The ground will be filled to its 24,000 capacity.
Surprisingly, T&T will play in white since negotiations had specified that England wanted to be in red. As a result, fans are being asked to don white apparel.
England will arrive in T&T via private jet on May 29 following their match against the United States at Wembley Stadium the day before.
On May 30 they will take part in a morning training session open to school children and the media at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Later that day, a coaching clinic conducted by coach Capello and two England players will be at the Marvin Lee Stadium. The clinic will feature 60-70 selected young local players and will be open to the public.