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Beckham red-carded in Galaxy loss

DAVID Beckham was sent off for a studs-up challenge in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer yesterday.

Beckham slid into a tackle on Seattle midfielder Peter Vagenas, hooking his right ankle and bringing the former Galaxy midfielder down. Referee Ricardo Salazar immediately issued the red card, and Beckham did not offer much of an argument before leaving the field.

It was Beckham's first straight red card in his MLS career and his second sending off. The red card carries an automatic suspension that will force Beckham to miss Los Angeles' match at Chicago on Wednesday.

There were three explusions in the match. Seattle's Tyrone Marshall received his second yellow card in the 78th minute, and Los Angeles' Eddie Lewis was shown a straight red seconds later, recucing the Galaxy to nine men.

Landon Donovan, diagnosed with swine flu on Thursday, entered the game at the start of the second half.

Beckham has received a mixed reception from L.A. fans upon his return to MLS, as they were upset at the length of his loan move to A.C. Milan in Italy's Serie A.

However the former England captain received a show of support yesterday, being cheered upon the naming of the lineup while one banner behind the south goal read, "Welcome Back Beckham."

The L.A. Riot Squad, the group of fans that displayed anti-Beckham banners when the Galaxy played Milan last month, unveiled no messages and did not boo Beckham as a unit.


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