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Becks Sparkles, but Where Were the Fans?

He did exactly what he was supposed to do: David Beckham was the star man Wednesday night, scoring one and creating another as the L.A. Galaxy beat D.C. United, 2-0, at the Home Depot Center. Beckham started, played 60 minutes and marshaled the Galaxy midfield with his calmness on the ball, his passing and yes, even his tackling. But, uh, where was everybody, asks Mark Ziegler of the San Diego Union-Tribune?

That's right, just Major League Soccer's luck: Becks' starting debut came during a midweek game that received almost no publicity and wasn't even shown on English-language TV. The 27,000-capacity Home Depot Center was half-empty. Ziegler says the announced crowd of 17,223 looked closer to 12,223, and what's even worse is that a league source told him some 8,000 free tickets had been distributed before the match. It should also be noted that Becks announced that he would play "at least" one half prior to the SuperLiga semifinal, so how come nobody knew about it? Is the Beckham effect already wearing off?

Probably not -- always-empty Giants Stadium has sold well in excess of 55,000 for the Galaxy's game against the Red Bulls on Saturday night -- but it's too bad his sparkling starting debut was seen by so few people. As for the goal, it was classic David Beckham. His perfectly-placed free kick wrong-footed Troy Perkins, swerving past him into the upper right-hand corner. "As soon as the free kick was given," Beckham said he knew he was going to score. "Sometimes you get that feeling, sometimes you don't. But I had that feeling tonight."

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