David Beckham played the entire match on the right flank for
The next question will be, can he fly all the way back to California and contribute solid minutes when the Los Angeles Galaxy host CD Chivas USA in the third installment of the Super Clasico in a Major League Soccer fixture on Thursday night at The Home Depot Center.
"Only time will tell," Beckham said after the game in
That's a pretty crazy schedule for a player who has had just one training session with the Galaxy since joining the squad from La Liga's Real Madrid over a month ago because of a nagging ankle injury.
"I don't think he is coming back to quickly, the injury is fine," Galaxy head coach Frank Yallop said Saturday in
The Galaxy will be desperate for points Thursday when they return home after gaining just one point on the four-game road trip they concluded with a 5-4 loss in front of 66,000 fans at Giants Stadium Saturday. Currently, they are 12 points out of the final playoff spot, although they have numerous games in hand.
To make the team's East Coast trip even more taxing, the Galaxy had a home match against D.C. United in the semifinal of the SuperLiga last week, forcing the team to fly across the country and then back to the East Coast for the
"Just at this point, we are trying to pick up points in league games," Yallop said. "We might want to swap a couple of those results (in SuperLiga) if we had (the choice) for league points, but we are proud to be in the final of the SuperLiga representing MLS. We are going to try to win that game against
The Galaxy's other big-name player - Landon Donovan - could also suffer some jet lag after playing a friendly for the U.S. National Team Wednesday at Ullevi Stadium in Sweden, a 1-0 loss.
"The same with Landon," Yallop said. "Both of those guys want to come back and be part of our team (Thursday). It shows a lot about their determination and their will that they want to do that."
Chivas, on the other hand, played Saturday but had three weeks off before that game - a 2-0 win at Toronto - meaning they should be a more rested side for the L.A. derby. One player, defender Jonathan Bornstein, played for the U.S. National Team Wednesday, but he too should also be ready for Thursday's fixture.
Chivas are in pretty good shape, winning three of their last four while holding the next-to-last playoff spot, also with games in hand on the teams in front of them. They are the confident team heading into the Super Clasico, even though they are 0-1-1 in the other two meetings with the Galaxy this season.
"We need to keep our mentality right in training," Bornstein said. "The past couple of weeks we've been working really hard trying to instill this mentality in the team that any where we go we can win and we'll just take care of every team. So we've got to keep that up and within the next week before the Galaxy game we've got to prepare ourselves and get ready to play them in another good stadium with a big crowd."
After Thursday's derby,