Beckham returns as Galaxy held by New York

Los Angeles, Oct 19: Former England captain David Beckham returned to action for the first time in seven weeks as his LA Galaxy were held to a 1-1 draw by New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. Beckham came on as a 68th minute substitute, making his first appearance since suffering a knee injury on August 29.

The draw leaves LA needing to win their final regular season game -- away to the Chicago Fire on Sunday -- to have any chance of making the play-offs.

The Galaxy took the lead in the 15th minute when Troy Roberts headed in a Landon Donovan cross at the back post.

New York, already assured a play-off spot, drew level within a minute though as Jozy Altidore thundered home a header after a superb cross from Dave van den Bergh.

Beckham, who is not yet fully fit, received a warm welcome from the home supporters yesterday when he entered after the break but made little impact on the game.


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Story first published: Friday, October 19, 2007, 13:06 [IST]
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