By BRIAN YALUNG
December 3, 2011, 10:53pm
Manila, Philippines – The LA Galaxy led by star David Beckham, gave the Philippine Azkals a sample of that it means to be one of the best professional football clubs in North America with a 6-1 beating in the scheduled Dream Cup matchup held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Beckham took the honors of making the first goal at the 20 minute mark and Mike Magee followed this up with another at the 38th minute of the first half.
Phil Younghusband however made the Azkals lone goal at the 39th minute to make it 2-1 by halftime.
However, everything changed in the second half as the Galaxy took charge and overwhelmed the tired boys of coach Hans Michael Weiss.
The other goals for the Galaxy came courtesy from Robbie Keanne, Adam Cristman and the retiring Gregg Berhalter.
Coach Weiss was however far from impressed on the showing of his boys. While the team did play sans stars such as Neil Etheridge, Stephan Shrock, Paul Mulders and Aly Borromeo, he believed that the team could have done better.
“I was extremely happy in the first half but extremely unhappy with the second half because we build up something and then we destroy it in a short period of time. Then we get a result like this which doesn’t reflect out fantastic performance in the first half” said Weiss.
On the absence of the Azkal’s key players, Weiss added: “It was a situation we knew before and it is like that. I am not crying about the ones not there and I will always support the ones who are here. But they have to follow more the strategy and the way we want to play and not think all of a sudden they have to play their own way.
The fairly sized crowd who came to watch the game included the likes of celebrities like Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao (who was the beneficiary of Beckham's playing uniform in the second half), Dawn Zulueta, Angel Locsin and Mylene Dizon.