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Things Get Uglier for the Galaxy

Chivas USA's 3-0 second half drubbing of the L.A. Galaxy capped off what was a decidedly ugly evening for the David Beckham Show: the ill-tempered affair was marked by ugly defending, ugly attacking and the ugliest of team brawls involving the man himself. A "crude" foul against Beckham literally kicked it all off as the No. 23 quickly turned around and fired off some harsh language in the face of perpetrator Jesse Marsch. Suddenly, everyone was involved as Becks backed away to watch the action unfold. Somewhere in the mix of "snarling" and "insult-yelling" players, Kevin Harmse threw a punch at Chivas defender Alex Zotinca, who replied with a head butt. Both players were thrown out and will likely be suspended for several games.

Worryingly for the Galaxy, the better team that created the better chances won, despite a few testing balls from an over-tired Beckham. As the L.A. Times' Grahame Jones says, the team's chances of qualifying for the postseason "hang by an increasingly slender thread, " as the "porous qualities" of its defense become "more apparent with each passing game."

Meanwhile, Chivas USA improved to 10-6-3 with two games in hand over second-place FC Dallas, and three over first-place Houston. "The passion to win these type of games has grown," defender Claudio Suarez told the Times. "It was evident that the Galaxy fans made fun of us by wearing sombreros and singing that we were going to cry tonight. But it was them who left crying."

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