Chad Barrett has developed a reputation in MLS for wasting chances to score. David Beckham has developed a reputation worldwide for his ability to play pinpoint balls on set pieces. Well, Barret didn't waste his chance after Beckham put a free kick right on his forehead to put the Los Angeles Galaxy up 1-0 on Chivas USA in the first LA derby of 2011.
The Galaxy earned a free kick just beyond the left corner of the penalty box and as is the case on all LA free kicks, Beckham stepped up to the ball. It wasn't far from the spot where Beckham scored against Sporting Kansas City last week, but he wasn't going for goal this week. He whipped the free kick in to the top of the six-yard box where Barrett was inexplicably unmarked. Barrett rose to it and with his head just put a bit of a touch on the ball. It rocketed past a helpless Dan Kennedy and the Galaxy were ahead 1-0.
For Los Angeles, they will feel as if the lead is deserved. Aside from the opening few minutes and single chance at goal for Alejandro Moreno because of a miscue by Juan Pablo Angel, the Galaxy have been the better team. They have dominated possession and used it to push deep into the Chivas third with little response from the Goats.