Seattle fans hoping to see David Beckham tomorrow night may be disappointed, though given the frequency with which Sounders FC has met LA Galaxy (eight times since May 2010), fans may be over the Beckham-thing. In fact, given the troubles LA has had through the middle when their icon’s been unable to play, few Kings County residents should be remiss if Bruce Arena decides to leave the brand at home.
That’s what may happen on Wednesday, according to Luis Bueno at MLSSoccer.com. Continuing a trend of trying to conserve the soon-to-be 37-year-old, LA’s coach may give David Beckham his birthday off, though he was non-committal when asked:
“We’re taking it one game at a time this year with everything,” Arena said. “We haven’t made any decisions [with] what’s going to happen over the season. We don’t know whether David will be selected for Great Britain’s Olympic team, so we don’t know a lot of those things that will play a role in how much he plays during the year and especially in the week where we have three games.”
Coming off a weekend game hosting FC Dallas, Los Angeles will face New York this weekend, making the mid-week flight to Seattle a logical resting point.
“We’re going to decide that today,” Arena said, confirming he could be Beckham-less come Wednesday.
I can’t help but think this is going to all end badly. Wednesday is Beckham’s birthday, and if somebody sees him out-and-about on LA’s west side – enjoying a night out with Tom and Katie, Will and Jada – the base will snap into action. They’ll unfold their pocketed page of their ‘how to bring down Becks’ manual – a page nearly worn to pieces by all the times it’s been unfurled out over the years. The one tactic written in the plan: Bemoan Beckham’s lack of commitment; disregard the reasons.
Please let me be wrong. Please let me be wrong.