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Beckham, Birchall out for game against Vancouver Whitecaps: A fan’s reaction
With the injury list staying full, the Los Angeles Galaxy now have two players suspended due to bookings. For this reason, both David Beckham and Chris Birchall will be out for the July 30 away game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
During the Chicago Fire game on July 9, Birchall delivered a late, hard tackle to Patrick Nyarko. The tackle led to a confrontation between the midfielder and some Fire players. Although at first Birchall was only given a yellow, later it was decided he deserved a two-game suspension. This caused him to miss the Columbus Crew game and the future game against the Whitecaps. In 2011, Birchall has received one red card and three yellows. Eric Hassil, of the Vancouver Whitecaps, leads the league with three red cards.
During the Columbus Crew game, Beckham received his eighth yellow card in stoppage-time for delaying a restart. The card will give him a one-game suspension against Vancouver. This is Beckham's second suspension of the season. The first occurred in April after the English player received his fifth yellow card. Currently, Beckham has the most yellow cards in MLS.
Another midfielder who is in the red zone for yellow cards is Juninho. So far, Juninho has four yellow cards. If he receives another in the next three MLS games, he will also earn a suspension.
Under Major League soccer regulations, players are suspended after receiving five yellow cards. The reason for getting the card doesn't matter. Then, they receive another suspension with the addition of three more. It is possible to have one booking "expunged" if a player goes three games without a yellow. This can only happen once per season.
With both midfielders gone, and players like Juan Pablo Angel and Landon Donovan on the questionable injury list, it will be interesting what lineup Bruce Arena puts together for the match. Luckily, players like Hector Jimenez, Dan Keat and Jack McBean have shown they can step up when needed.
Both Beckham and Birchall will be back in action against the Portland Timbers on Aug. 3. Hopefully, after that, they can escape further bookings. We look forward to having our Galaxy team back intact.
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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