Vancouver beats Becks- The Province

Whitecaps 2 Galaxy 1  Wednesday, May 14, 2008 EDMONTON -- David Beckham gave the crowd a treat, but he couldn't deliver a victory for the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Vancouver Whitecaps posted a 2-1 victory over Beckham and the Galaxy in a friendly on Tuesday night. The match was played in front of 37,104 fans at Commonwealth Stadium, with most coming to catch a glimpse of Beckham in action. He set up the lone Galaxy goal late in the first half but the Whitecaps controlled play for much of the contest. Beckham helped the Galaxy tie the game 1-1 in the 43rd minute. He fired a long cross into the top of the box for Alan Gordon, who beat charging Whitecaps goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic to the ball and headed it into the open goal. Nicholas Adderly and Eduardo Sebrango, with his third of the season, scored for Vancouver. The Whitecaps took the lead in the fourth minute with a goal from Adderly, who beat Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Wicks -- a former Whitecap -- with a low shot inside his right post. The Whitecaps took a 2-1 lead in the 66th minute on a beautiful strike from Sebrango, who fired a blast past Wicks at the left post. Beckham is an international celebrity who has transcended sports. "He's amazing," said Sean Smith, who made the trip from Calgary for the game. "He's extremely good. He's one of the best players to see what's happening and anticipate the game. "Girls also think he's sexy-hot." © The Vancouver Province 2008