CARSON, CA - AUGUST 20: Robbie Keane #14 of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his goal in his debut game with teammate David Beckkham #23 for a 1-0 lead over the San Jose Earthquakes during the frist half at The Home Depot Center on August 20, 2011 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Saturday's game against the San Jose Earthquakes had more than one milestone for a Los Angeles Galaxy player. Not only did Robbie Keane score his first MLS goal, but on that goal he was assisted by David Beckham. That assist was Beckham's 11th of the season, the most assists he has ever recorded in one season in his MLS career.
He broke his personal best 10 assists from the 2008 season. Beckham's 11 assists put him in second for most assists in all of the MLS, behind the Houston Dynamo's Brad Davis, who has 13. Now in his fifth year with the Galaxy, Beckham has an MLS career total of 27 assists in 68 games played, averaging about an assist every two games. With the addition of a dangerous striker like Keane, Beckham has a decent shot at tying or beating the club record for assists in a season, 17, set by Mauricio Cienfuegos in 1999.
Not only has Beckham been producing as far as statistics go, he has had one of his most complete years with the Galaxy this season. After a 2010 season where Beckham missed much of the season because of a torn Achilles tendon injury that he suffered while on loan to AC Milan, Galaxy fans yearned for a full season from the England star.
In 2011, Beckham hasn't been sent on loan and more importantly, hasn't had any major injuries to set him back like in seasons past. His play on the pitch has been impressive, and not just his expertise with free kicks and corner kicks. Beckham has looked sharp and fit, making sideline runs and executing perfectly placed crosses from the flanks. The 36-year old Beckham continues to prove the doubters wrong this season, showing that age is just a number.