David Beckham fails to impress Stuart Pearce for place in olympic team, as la galaxy lose
David Beckham turned 37 last week and the best present he could have wished for was a place in Team GB's team at the London Games.
That sinking feeling: Beckham failed to influence his LA Galaxy side as they were downed 1-0 at home in their Major League Soccer game
However, under the gaze of Olympic manager Stuart Pearce, who had flown out to Los Angeles to study the midfielder's form, he failed to impress on Sunday as his Galaxy team lost 1-0 at home to New York Red Bull, thanks to Joel Lindpere's 19th-minute goal.
Beckham won the last of his 115 caps for England - the most any outfielder has managed - in Oct 2009 but he openly expressed his desire of leading out Team GB as one of the over-23 year-old berths Pearce is allowed.
Playing in central midfield for Galaxy, in a team which also included Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, Beckham struggled to show his class, regularly overhitting his passes and even his usually reliable dead-ball prowess was not up to scratch at the Home Depot Center, in California.
The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England midfielder had earlier expressed his pleasure that Pearce had flow across the Atlantic Ocean to watch him in action.
"[Pearce's] coming to see a player that he's thinking of picking for the Olympics, so he would do it to a number of players," he had said before kick-off.
But his evening was summed up when he missed a good last-minute opportunity to level the game - it was fired harmlessly wide.
Though Beckham played the whole game, he was cautioned and expressed his frustrations about his team - who won the MLS Cup last season but are placed seventh in the Western Conference after their fifth defeat in nine games - to the media after the game.
"It's getting even more frustrating week after week," he said. "We had our chances and we didn't finish off the chances that we had. We got sloppy in defence with a couple plays and obviously it's disappointing to lose at home."
Pearce is set to select his 18-man squad at the end of the month, and it remains to be seen whether Beckham can convince his former England team-mate to give him one of the three over-age places for London 2012.
On this evidence, it seems unlikely.