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Update: David Beckham, soccer savior

When last we left David Beckham, the much-hyped soccer superstar import was nursing a gimpy ankle and disappointing fans who had wasted a week's grocery money on tickets to not see him play. By and large, he was living the Beverly Hills life of a slick marketing tool whose actual athletic prowess in a sport that's a hard sell in the U.S. remained a rumor.

Well, let's you bring up to speed. Beckham has played a bit for the American team that's reportedly paying him about $5 million a year and has actually scored and made a few assists. And now, he's not only playing but doing so for two teams on TWO continents -- the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS here in the states and for England. Beckham made a 30-hour turnaround, playing first at Wembley Stadium against Germany and then for the Galaxy against Chivas last night.

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The Galaxy was pummeled by Chivas, 3-0, with the excitement being that Beckham was in the middle of a bit of unpleasantness that resulted in two other players being ejected. A Chivas player, Jesse Marsch, caught Beckham in the tummy with a kick (they're shown discussing current events at left; Beckham is in the white). There was pushing and shoving and two players, neither one Beckham nor Marsch, scuffled and were red-carded.

By the way, the other team Beckham played for, England, also lost, 2-1, to Germany.

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So explain to me again why he's getting all this money.

Photo credit: Lori Shepler/LAT

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