Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham could be out for the upcoming friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur and the MLS All-Star Game.
Beckham's not injured but instead about to go to London to be an Olympic ambassador for Great Britain. Beckham was hoping to be included in the Team GB roster for the soccer tournament in the games but did not land one of the three over-age spots.
Beckham continues to sound dejected about not making the team. "Of course, I'm disappointed, but life goes on. My family are healthy, I'm pretty healthy, so at the end of the day, I'll be there to support the Great Britain team. We've got some incredible athletes all the way through every event. It's going to be a proud moment to be there and know I was part of bringing the Olympics to the East End of London."
Beckham was recently selected by fan vote to be in the MLS All-Star First XI on July 25 when the All-Stars take on Chelsea. Beckham said about that match, "At the moment, I don't know [if I will have to miss the All-Star Game]. I'm obviously very proud to have been picked for the All-Star team. It's something that I've enjoyed in the past, and hopefully I can be there, but with the Olympic commitment, I don't know yet."
The Tottenham friendly takes place on July 24 at Home Depot Center, just one day before the All-Star Game at PPL Park on the other side of the country. The Olympics Opening Ceremony is on July 27 and the competitions continue until Aug. 12. Unfortunately for our side, Beckham might not just miss the one friendly. Depending on his ambassador duties, which are still apparently not set, Beckham could potentially miss three MLS matches.
As a Galaxy fan, I anticipated Beckham making the British team and missing time during the summer so this news about the potential matches missed isn't shocking. However, I think most fans would have also thought the team would be in better shape in the standings at this point of the season.
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