3/30/08

Defeat in Colorado

Los Angeles Galaxy crashed to 4-0 defeat to Colorado in Saturday's
Major League Soccer season opener.

The glamor team's new season under Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit
started poorly.

"It's always going to be tough when you have international games,"
Beckham said. "I felt OK for most of the match, maybe not at my
sharpest, but it was overall a tough game for us. We created chances,
but didn't put them away."

Former Manchester United winger Terry Cooke who opened the scoring in
the 10th minute for Colorado Rapids.

Christian Gomez doubled the lead with a 60th minute penalty, Jamaican
forward Omar Cummings made it 3-0 in the 67th minute and Colin Clark
completed the scoring in the 80th.

"I'm finding it hard not to criticize some of the decisions tonight
but I've just been told I'll be fined if I do," Beckham said. "I don't
want that to happen. Referees have a tough job, but some decisions
change games, and that's happened tonight."

"The turning point was the penalty kick," Gullit said. "That caused a
little bit of chaos in our organization, and we lost our head a little
bit."

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