Tuesday Kicks: Galaxy beat ‘Caps (again) & more

*Largely fielding a reserve team, the Galaxy beat the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 today for the second time in two days in Arizona, the victory coming from second half goals by Chad Barrett and Adam Cristman 16 minutes apart.

The Galaxy will now return to Southern California after spending 10 days in Arizona. David Beckham, who trained with the EPL’s Tottenham Hotspur during the offseason, will join the club Thursday for the final three weeks of preseason.

Galaxy lineup: Josh Saunders; Dustin McCarty, Sean Franklin, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant (Ryan Thomas 56′); Michael Stephens, Hector Jimenez, Miguel Lopez, Bryan Jordan (Adam Cristman 56′); Mike Magee, Chad Barrett.

*Incidentally, single game Galaxy tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday.

*The U.S. qualified for the U-17 World Cup today with a 3-2 overtime win over El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF qualifying competition, in a game that saw 13 cards issued including two U.S. red and another for El Salvador.

Chula Vista’s Alejandro Guido got the fourth minute U.S. opener, while North Hollywood’s Mario Rodriguez snatched the the 95th minute second goal. The Galaxy’s Jack McBean did not see action off the bench.

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