David Beckham finally made his Major League Soccer debut for Los Angeles Galaxy in Washington on Thursday, but was unable to prevent his new team losing 1-0.
Appearing as a second half substitute, Beckham came on against DC United in the 75th minute.
Beckham, who has been struggling with an ankle injury, said he was happy o make his bow in Galaxy colours.
“It’s not nice to disappoint people who have paid a lot of money to see you, so it was good to get on the pitch,” he said afterwards.
“It was a good night, but it was also a bad night. Obviously, there’s been a certain amount of pressure because everyone is talking about how I’ve come to MLS and not played yet.
“But I don’t feel pressure in that sense. I feel pressure in myself to get fit and to get back playing again.”
England manager Steve McClaren was in Washington to watch Beckham and also to meet his new coach Frank Yallop and Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas.
McClaren is keen to develop a relationship with the club to monitor Beckham’s progress.
“That’s a discussion that we’ve had and will continue to keep him abreast of the situation here,” Lalas said.
“Beckham wants to continue to play for England and I’m sure Steve wants to have him part of that but he needs to have him fully fit, so we’ll see how this next week goes, how quickly he progresses and then make a decision in cooperation.
“That was a huge reason for him to be out here, to get to know the new club, the new personnel, so we had a very nice chat about everything.”