The Chicago Fire will face the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 8, but David Beckham will not be allowed to play because of the decision by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. His absence could help the Fire, but the Galaxy could still pose a problem without him.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued a fine and a game suspension for David Beckham because of his behavior at a game on June 30. The Los Angeles Galaxy faced the San Jose Earthquakes on June 30, and Beckham has been accused of "unacceptable and detrimental" conduct during the match. He kicked several balls in the direction of Sam Cronin and the referee while the game was stopped. Although he immediately received a yellow card for his actions, MLS had issued additional penalties.
No Chicago for Beckham
July 8 will be the fourth time that David Beckham has missed the opportunity to play against the Chicago Fire, and the regular MLS schedule does not have the teams meeting again in 2012. There always seems to be some type of a problem that prevents him from participating in a game at Toyota Park. In this case, the issue is out of his control because the MLS Disciplinary Committee decided to add an extra game suspension.
The Los Angeles Galaxy without David Beckham
The L.A. Galaxy could still be a problem for the Chicago Fire on July 8 without David Beckham. Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Chad Barrett are still available for the match. Although the Los Angeles Galaxy have struggled in the beginning of the 2012 season, they should not be ruled out. The Chicago Fire have a cumulative record of 15-17-4 against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Currently, Chicago is in fourth place with 28 points in the Eastern Conference while L.A. is in sixth position with 20 points in the Western Conference. After the July 8 match with the Galaxy, the Fire will face the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 14 at Toyota Park. It is important for them to take advantage of these home games to earn the maximum of three points at each match.
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