A record crowd of more than 66,000 turned out yesterday to watch soccer star David Beckham make his first US Major League Soccer start at Giants Stadium. New York Red Bulls fans booed him when he battled for his Los Angeles Galaxies—but cheered the shirtless Becks at game's end. “I’ve had that at many grounds—and worse,” he said of the boos.
“It’s nice when you win and you can smile at the people booing you.” But despite his three assists, Becks' team lost 5-4. Bulls games typically draw 11,000 fans. Nobody in soccer "can sell tickets the way Beckham can," said a player. The goal count was so high that Beckham said it reminded him of games he played as a boy.