Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs, March 30, 2011

Just like old times...

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham remembered scoring against current Philadelphia Union goalkeeper and Colombian international Faryd Mondragon.

The year was 1998. The event: the FIFA World Cup in France. As a member of England's national team, Beckham scored on a set piece to beat Mondragon. England went on to win that match 2-0 in what was Becks's first start.

“I wasn’t actually that nervous,” Beckham recalled after practice on Tuesday, according to Larry Morgan of “I was ready to play in the World Cup. I had prepared myself and I was ready to go. I was excited more than nervous.

“It meant a lot to me that game, scoring my first goal for England, playing in my first World Cup and it was my mum’s birthday. It was kind of special in many ways. It was a good day.”

Mondragon, now the team captain for the Union, remembered the day so well.

“I remember it ...

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