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CARSON, Calif. — David Beckham and Anthony LaPaglia were opponents in a soccer exhibition that raised more than $90,000 for the victims of last month’s wildfires in Southern California.
Beckham scored two goals and had three assists in 83 minutes in a 12-4 rout of LaPaglia’s “Hollywood United” by the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.
Among those playing for “Hollywood United” were LaPaglia, Def Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell, Galaxy General Manager Alexi Lalas, and former players Jorge Campos, Frank LeBoeuf and Eric Wynalda. LaPaglia, who stars on CBS’ “Without a Trace,” started in goal.
Beckham scored twice on LaPaglia in the first half but in the second half, LaPaglia leaped to block Beckham’s 26-yard free kick and dived to his right to deflect Beckham’s 29-yard shot with his right hand.
“That one goes on the screen saver,” LaPaglia said of the save. “I never thought I would get the opportunity to face him in an actual game.
“He is such a massive asset for American soccer,” the 48-year-old actor said of Beckham. “I applaud the Galaxy for bringing him in because he will change the game here.”
Beckham moved to Los Angeles with wife Victoria Beckham and their three sons this summer.
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