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Galaxy finish third at PPC

Posted on 25 February 2008 by ASN Staff

David Beckham had a pair of assists as the Galaxy avenged an earlier exhibition loss to Sydney FC.

David Beckham had a pair of assists as the Galaxy avenged an earlier exhibition loss to Sydney FC. (AP)

The Los Angeles Galaxy secured a third-place finish in the Pan-Pacific Championship, beating Sydney FC 2-1 at Aloha Stadium on Saturday night. Spurred on by two assists from England midfielder David Beckham, the MLS side ensured their trip to Hawaii ended on a high note.

Rookie Ely Allen put the Galaxy ahead after just three minutes, firing in an excellent volley from Beckham’s perfect cross-field pass.

Brendan Renaud pulled Sydney FC back level after 42 minutes, unleashing a superb left-foot drive from 30 yards out that flew into the top corner.

But the Galaxy was able to re-establish control almost immediately — and Beckham was involved in the action once again.

Goalkeeper Ivan Necevski could not hold on to Beckham’s low cross from the right, and Josh Tudela slid the ball home.

“This is a good start to our preseason,” said Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit. “We are making good progress and I am pleased with how things have gone in Hawaii.”

Said his Sydney counterpart John Kosmina: “It has been very tough for us out here but we have gained from the experience. It has been a long year for us and the boys will be pleased to get a bit of rest in.”

Sydney FC’s offseason now officially begins, while the Galaxy will fly on to Asia to continue their preseason tour.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Sydney FC
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Scoring Summary:
LA — Ely Allen 3
SYD — Brendan Renaud 42
LA — Josh Tudela 45

Los Angeles Galaxy: 1-Steve Cronin (31-Josh Wicks 46), 3-Greg Vanney, 7-Chris Klein, 12-Troy Roberts, 29-Michael Gavin, 15-Alvaro (28-Sean Franklin 67), 19-Josh Tudela (32-Brandon McDonald 50), 23-David Beckham, 27-Bryan Jordan, 4-Edson Buddle, 26-Ely Allen. Substitutes not used: 24-Julian Valentin, 22-Kelly Gray
GOAL ATTEMPTS: 11; SAVES 4; FOULS 14; CORNERS 7; OFFSIDE 0

Sydney FC: 20-Ivan Necevski, 2-Iain Fyfe, 5-Ryan Walsh, 6-Tony Popovic, 26-Brendan Renaud, 10-Steve Corica (21-Adam Biddle 65), 14-Alex Brosque, 15-Terry McFlynn, 29-Mark Robertson (17-Jacob Timpano 57), 11-Brendon Santalab, 13-Benjamin Vidaic (7-Robbie Middleby 57 / 3-Nikolas Tsattalios 81). Substitutes not used: 1-Clint Bolton, 12-Patrick, 9-David Zdrilic
GOAL ATTEMPTS: 7; SAVES 3; FOULS 15; CORNERS 6; OFFSIDE 3

Misconduct Summary
LA — Michael Gavin (caution) 49
SYD — Terry McFlynn (caution) 49
SYD — Mark Robertson (caution) 50

Referee: Brian Hall
Referee’s Assistants: Chris Strickland, Frank Anderson
Fourth official: Alex Prus

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