Goal of the day: David Beckham (LA Galaxy) vs Timbers | inside World Soccer

David Beckham scored a spectacular goal from 35 yards out to inspire the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 5-3 win over the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday.

LA Galaxy player David Beckham celebrates after scoring his first goal against Portland Timbers
LA Galaxy player David Beckham celebrates after scoring his first goal against Portland Timbers

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The Timbers got off to a cracking start with ex-Glasgow Rangers striker Kris Boyd scoring in just the third minute.

But then Beckham got started on a very Beckham-like performance.

In the 19th minute, the former England captain capped some intricate passing play with an arching wonder strike that beat Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins from 35 yards out.

Beckham got his second four minutes later, bending a free kick over the wall and just inside the post for his fifth goal of the season.

A Landon Donovan penalty made it 3-1 soon after and when Robbie Keane opened his account moments later, it was 4-1 after just 28 minutes.

Kosuke Kimura pulled one back for the home side, but Keane's second on 64 minutes made sure of the three points and meant Boyd's second of the night in the 70th minute was no more than a consolation.

"I got the ball from Keane, he won the ball back and laid it back to me. They stepped off of me and so I thought 'why not'," Beckham reflected on his first goal.

"The last time I scored a goal like that was for Manchester United against Deportivo La Coruña, it was very similar to that."

Timbers interim coach Gavin Wilkinson added: "We should've been able to apply pressure. He"s one of the best strikers of the ball in the world, and we're not applying pressure."



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