LA Galaxy began Thursday atop the Western Conference standings, but even superstar David Beckham admitted expectations increase pressure on the team.
A shoddy effort in last week's 4-1 loss to D.C. United only contributed to the feeling.
"People panic too much. That's the case here," Beckham said. "Everyone sort of panics a little bit. We have to calm ourselves down."
For tonight's game at Home Depot Center against New England, which has the best record in the MLS, the Galaxy may face some problems.
Beckham sat out training with a sore left hamstring, and MLS-leading scorer Landon Donovan missed the past two days of training with flu-like symptoms.
"I'll have to see how it feels," Beckham said. "I'm not sure (if I will play). It's the first thing I felt when I woke up. At the moment, it's just tightness."