David Beckham and Landon Donovan are parting ways again — this time as teammates who hug each other.
Donovan scored the first goal then jumped into the arms of a smiling Beckham, and the Los Angeles Galaxy earned its fifth win in six games with a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass.
Beckham left after the game to train with England’s national team for its exhibition game against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Donovan planned to leave this morning for Miami to train with the U.S. national team for its World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Mexico City, also on Wednesday.
Both plan to rejoin the Galaxy on Thursday
“Our team has no issues,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “We are a pretty solid group.”
About two months ago, Donovan criticized Beckham’s leadership and commitment in a book about Beckham’s stint with the Galaxy.
“No one wants to hear those things about them, especially through a book,” Donovan said. “He’s taken it like a man, and he’s done a great job of moving past it, and I can’t say a lot of people would have done that.”
It was Beckham’s third MLS game this season with the Galaxy. He also played two international exhibitions with them.
Crew 3, at Earthquakes 0: Robbie Rogers scored his first goal of the season and added an assist, and Columbus pulled away to beat San Jose at San Francisco.
Alejandro Moreno and Adam Moffat also scored for Columbus, which took possession of MLS’ best record in the league’s first match played at Candlestick Park. The defending MLS Cup champion Crew (9-3-9) has lost only once in its past 17 matches.
Crew forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto, the league’s leading scorer and reigning MVP, missed his fourth consecutive game with a strained left hamstring, but Columbus’ offense didn’t need him against the Earthquakes (4-11-5).
At Rapids 4, Chivas USA 0: Conor Casey scored three first-half goals to lead Colorado.
Pablo Mastroeni added a goal, and Omar Cummings had three assists as the Rapids avenged a 2-1 loss to Chivas on March 21 and improved to 6-2-3 at home.
The loss was the fifth straight for Chivas (8-7-3), which has scored one goal during the skid.