Tuesday, June 19, 2007

David Beckham Limps To Los Angeles

David Beckham leaves Europe with one more medal as he helped lead Real Madrid to their first La Liga championship in four years. Unfortunately, he leaves Europe with a limp after hurting his ankle in the last match of the La Liga season!

Nevertheless, Beckham has won another championship; and that is why he is so valuable. He's a winner. Nobody crosses a ball like Beckham. Nobody.

I have seen David Beckham play for England and he is brilliant. He is very exciting to watch and we are lucky to be getting him in the USA.

I am a supporter of Red Bull New York, my "local" MLS team where I hold a season ticket. On August 18, the Los Angeles Galaxy (Beckham's new team) come to town. I can't wait!

Galaxy boss waits, worries for news of Beckham injury

AFP - June 18, 2007

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - An ankle injury that saw David Beckham removed from the field in the 66th minute of his final match for Real Madrid on Sunday has Los Angeles Galaxy officials waiting and worrying about his health.

Beckham limped off the field 24 minutes from the finish but his Real Madrid teammates rallied to defeat Real Mallorca 3-1 and capture the Spanish league title in Beckham's last match before he joins the Galaxy next month.

"We have not had any indication on the nature of the injury," said Galaxy's general manager Alexi Lalas. "Right now he's still a Real Madrid player."

Beckham, 32, signed a landmark deal worth up to 250 million dollars and 27.5 million in player salary with the Major League Soccer club in January, but the five-year contract does not begin until July 1.

Beckham is expected to join the Galaxy in mid-July, but the severity of the ankle injury - first suffered while playing for England on June 6 - will likely decide just when Beckham can first suit up for the US team.

"He was obviously carrying an injury but it's nice that he can now have a rest and recuperate. He's going to need it," Lalas said.

The Galaxy are 2-4 with three drawn and rank next-to-last in the US league with only nine points. At fifth in the Western Division, the Galaxy rank six points behind Colorado for the last playoff berth with four months remaining in the regular season.

But Beckham did manage to help bring Real Madrid a Spanish crown during his stay, even if it came in the final moments and with him on the sidelines as a spectator when the rally came for the decisive victory.

"We couldn't be happier for David and Real Madrid, and we send our congratulations to him and his team," Lalas said.

"It was an incredible finish to an incredible season and it's a wonderful way for him to end his time in Spain before he heads off to America for a new adventure with the Galaxy."

Congratulations, David Beckham! Welcome to America!

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