The good news is that David Beckham's ankle will have a little more time to heal. The bad news is that this latest layoff is the result of yet another injury to the Fragile One.
Apparently Becks injured his knee during last night's SuperLiga final, which the Galaxy lost on penalties to Mexican side Pachuca. At least LA finally managed to score 2 goals in a game...too bad one of them was for the other team. And not that the Galaxy really had a chance to make the playoffs, but any lingering hopes of a miracle run are certainly over now. Too bad the MLS doesn't relegate teams to the USL, otherwise there would be a legitimate chance that the Galaxy would be dropped and forced to sell Becks back to England lest he suffer the ignominy of playing for a 2nd division US team.
It seems that many of the worst-case scenarios for Beckham's MLS career are coming true:
1) crazy travel schedule, including England matches, leading to exhaustion? check!
2) nagging injuries made worse by the fact that several MLS teams play on turf? check!!
3) Becks the recipient of many hard tackles from overzealous and reckless opponents? check!!!
4) 32-year old midfielder with a history of ailments breaks down? check!!!!
Hopefully, this will just be a bump in the road and this layoff will give him ample time to rest and recuperate, and he'll be back next Spring fit and better than ever...just in time for Euro 2008!