Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Beckham Parlays His Anger into Tying Goal in Galaxy's 2-2 Draw with Toronto FC: Beckham Parlays Anger into Goal versus TFC

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Beckham Parlays His Anger into Tying Goal in Galaxy's 2-2 Draw with Toronto FC: Beckham Parlays Anger into Goal versus TFC

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TORONTO - One minute a fan was hurling a beer can down on David Beckham, the next minute the world-famous footballer was parlaying his anger into a goal for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Landon Donovan scored off Beckham's corner kick in the 89th minute to lift the Galaxy into a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

"I think everyone saw what happened on the corner," Beckham said afterward. "It's disappointing because I think a crowd like that turns out, it's a great atmosphere, great to play in front of. The majority of the fans, almost all of the fans, created an amazing atmosphere tonight. So it was disappointing.

"But it was a minority. Overall, it was a great atmosphere."

A capacity crowd of 47,658 at the Rogers Centre -- normally home to the Toronto Argonauts and Blue Jays -- made it clear Beckham was far from a fan favourite from the opening whistle.

They booed the 36-year-old former England captain on every free kick and pelted him with streamers on every one of his nine corner kicks. Each time he bent down and scooped up the piles of red and white paper and tossed them aside. After one corner kick, he ran back upfield with a streamer still wrapped around his waste like he had just run through the finish line at the end of a race.

His anger boiled over in the final minutes when a beer can sailed down from the Rogers Centre seats. Beckham picked it up it up anger and thrust it at officials. A Galaxy official said the incident would be reported to CONCACAF.

Less than a minute later, Becham, his hair parted down the middle and held off his face by a black headband, delivered the deciding corner kick, the final blow to Toronto.

"It was coming," he said on the late goal. "Felt as if we were never going to get that goal, just because we had a lot of chances and obviously couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. The ball didn't roll sometimes for us, but we kept at it at the end of the day and I think we deserved the draw, at least."

Beckham also wasn't pleased with the pitch. The game was held at Rogers Centre because of the problems winter weather could have posed at BMO Field. …

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