The night was quite chilly (by Southern California standards, at least). But that didn’t stop more than 5,500 fans from coming out to support David Beckham‘s L.A. Galaxy and a slew of soccer-loving celebs like Superman Returns‘s Brandon Routh and Without a Trace‘s Anthony LaPaglia for their charity match Sunday.
The Galaxy professionals easily defeated “Hollywood United” 12-4 (helped on by two Beckham goals and two assists). But that was hardly the point. The game raised more than $100,000 for victims of the recent Southern California wildfires. A silent auction and other donations helped raise an additional $7,500 for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
“It’s a great cause,” Routh said post-game, admitting he’d “expended all the energy” he had out on the field. “We were playing professionals in their prime. They were probably just seeing how many touches they could get on the ball before they scored.” (The actor also confirmed that the Superman Returns sequel should start filming “next year sometime.”)
Beckham – who kept things casual during the game, repeatedly waving to friends and family in the crowd – sent his well-wishes to all fire victims. “It’s great to play in a game that raises money for people who need it,” he told reporters. “It’s special.”
The soccer star, who moved to L.A. with wife Victoria Beckham and their three sons this summer, also chatted about his plans for the upcoming holidays. “I’m in London for Thanksgiving,” he said. “Victoria will be here with the boys and the rest of the Spice Girls, so I’m sure they’ll celebrate.”