David Beckham's new silver boots sparkled in the late afternoon. Michael Owen's more conventional white soccer shoes put the ball in the net.
Owen scored three goals, including one off a trademark cross from Beckham from the far right flank, and led England over Colombia, 3-2, in the finale of a two-game exhibition tour yesterday in East Rutherford, N.J.
The 25-year-old Owen scored in the 36th, 44th and 58th minutes for the second three-goal game of his international career. Colombia, preparing for World Cup qualifiers against Peru on Saturday and Ecuador on June 8, got goals from Mario Yepes in the 45th and Aldo Ramirez in the 79th.
With 32 international goals, Owen moved into fourth place on England's career list, trailing only Bobby Charlton (49), Gary Lineker (48) and Jimmy Greaves (44).
His final goal was what many in the crowd of 50,807 at Giants Stadium came to see. Beckham was all the way by the sideline when he sent a precise pass to Owen, who one-timed the ball past goalkeeper Farid Mondragon from the right post.
"That's the trademark of David Beckham. He's a fantastic crosser of the ball," Owen said. "It makes your job a lot easier when people give you that type of ammunition."
Beckham and Owen missed England's 2-1 win over the United States in Chicago on Saturday because they were with Real Madrid, which was playing the final game of its Spanish League season. The pair arrived in the United States on Sunday and provided the razzle-dazzle before coming out in the 73rd minute.
The 30-year-old Beckham debuted his Predator Plus II boots, which will retail for $210.
* METROSTARS 2, FIRE 1: Amado Guevara curled a 20-yard shot into the upper-right corner of the net in second-half injury time, giving host New York/New Jersey the MLS victory.
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