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    Beckham probably ruptured his achilles, will miss World Cup

    This sucks for Milan, England, and the LA Galaxy. For Milan, the race for the Serie A title is getting really good now, too. I hope they can move past this injury.

    Injured Beckham May Miss World Cup


    Published: March 14, 2010

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    MILAN (Reuters) - David Beckham's World Cup hopes looked to be all but over after the England midfielder went off with a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon late in AC Milan's 1-0 Serie A win over Chievo on Sunday.

    Beckham was getting ready to kick a ball unchallenged when he suddenly pulled up and signalled to the bench despite second-placed Milan having used all their substitutes.

    Beckham told the San Siro bench "It's broken, it's broken" as he came off. Team mates said he was in tears in the dressing room.

    "When the Achilles tendon goes you feel it straight away," Milan coach Leonardo told reporters after his side moved one point behind stuttering leaders Inter Milan with 10 games left.

    "The injury to David is upsetting. This injury lets me enjoy the win less."

    Milan officials told reporters he would fly to Finland as soon as possible to be operated on by a specialist.

    The 34-year-old, on loan at Milan from Los Angeles Galaxy chiefly to try to safeguard his England squad place for the World Cup, will now almost certainly not be fit for the tournament in South Africa which starts on June 11.

    Television analysts said Achilles injuries can take up to three months to heal, sometimes as much as five months.

    England are well-covered on the right wing with Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright-Phillips and James Milner among the players able to play there. Tottenham Hotspur's Aaron Lennon is currently injured.

    Beckham, a former captain who played at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, is England's most capped outfield player with 115 appearances.

    He suffered a broken metatarsal in his foot in 2002 and was not fully fit for the 2002 World Cup, when England went out in the quarter-finals.

    Milan, bidding for their first scudetto since 2004, will also miss his crossing ability although he has been far less effective in this loan spell compared to his first stint at the San Siro last year.

    A dejected-looking Beckham, who left the San Siro on crutches to applause and kisses from club officials, was due to return to Galaxy after the World Cup.

    He gave no comment to reporters.

    (Editing by Ed Osmond)

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    Too bad for Becks. I wonder how this will affect his long-term relationships with the Galaxy and Milan.

    Doctor: Soccer star Beckham's Achilles' tendon totally torn
    Marius Turula / Associated Press
    Turku, Finland -- David Beckham's left Achilles' tendon was totally torn, and the doctor who performed the surgery said the England midfielder is expected to be out of action for about six months.

    Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sakari Orava told The Associated Press that Beckham, 34, was in "some pain" after Monday's surgery but was doing well and would start walking with his crutches today.

    "These walking exercises are the first day's program after surgery," Orava said. "After that, he will get a detailed program for further rehabilitation, and then, (Wednesday) probably, he flies to London, and then to the U.S."

    Beckham's spokesman, Simon Oliveira, said the tendon was completely repaired, and he expected the midfielder to play again.

    "David is expected to make a full recovery," Oliveira said.

    The former England captain was injured in the closing minutes of AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo Verona on Sunday. He was on his second loan to the Italian club from Major League Soccer's Lox Angeles Galaxy.

    A statement from AC Milan said Beckham will remain under observation for a few days.

    "Tomorrow, Professor Orava will give his prognosis, and a precise rehabilitation plan will follow," Milan said.

    Using crutches, Beckham hobbled out of a private jet at Turku airport in southwestern Finland and left in a Mercedes. Just minutes later, he arrived at the clinic surrounded by security guards amid cheers from hundreds of fans who had gathered outside the entrance.

    "I am upset but (want) to thank everyone for their messages of support," Beckham said in a statement posted on his personal Web site before his arrival. "I hope to make a swift and full recovery."

    The injury shattered Beckham's hopes of becoming the first English player to appear in four World Cups and put his future on the national team in doubt. He will miss most of the MLS season.

    "Injuries are an unfortunate part of our game and they are even more disappointing when they happen to a player who was so close to realizing his dream of representing his nation at this summer's World Cup," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said Monday. "David remains an important player for the Galaxy, and we look forward to welcoming him back to the club and assisting him in his recovery."

    With only a few minutes remaining in the Chievo game and the score 0-0,

    Beckham was by himself in the center circle when he took a pass with his left foot, stepped back awkwardly, then stepped forward and started hopping on his right foot with an expression of pain on his face. He reached a hand down to his left heel, then stood up and gestured as if he was breaking a twig in half to show the AC Milan bench he knew the tendon was broken.
    Visibly in pain and in tears, Beckham went to the touchline for medical attention.

    Milan's medical staff consulted with the Galaxy's medical team, and Milan organizing director Umberto Gandini spoke with Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Galaxy.

    "It was the player's decision," Gandini told the AP on Monday. "It's the player who decides for his own health, and the player's decision was to go to Finland where there is a surgeon who specializes in these injuries."

    While Beckham has not been a starter for England in recent matches, he was likely to make the World Cup squad. Beckham was still prized for his free kicks and crosses, especially when England needed second-half goals.
    And for many, he is the best-known soccer player in the world, a fashion icon with a celebrity wife, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham.

    The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has scored 17 goals for England and made 115 appearances, second in England history behind only goalkeeper Peter Shilton's 125 from 1970-90.

    Beckham was England's captain from November 2000 through the 2006 World Cup.

    It was also a blow for MLS, already facing the threat of a players' strike ahead of the season opener on March 25. Beckham is the league's highest-paid player with a $32.5 million, five-year contract -- and its biggest draw.

    From The Detroit News:

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    I rate Beckham - he has great quality above the hype, but his career is now over. His quality would have shone through in South Africa without a doubt. He was an awesome player wherever he went - Man U, Real or wherever - just a quality player with awesome dead ball skills. His end is a sorry one, but he's had a great career and will retire extremely rich and feted. Hope he's f***ing better sheilas than his missus however - she's as skinny as a rake and Becks should be screwing better. Holy **** I knobbed one better than her last week and multi-millions Becks should be parceling away far better than me. I have good dead ball skillz, but Becks should be better than me, fa sure!!

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    I feel bad for hiom as well but the Galaxy must be really upset. Since the guy signed with them he has either been hurt or playing for Milan.

    Galaxy never got their moneys worth. I wonder how it will affect his contract and does Milan have to pay the Galaxy for this?

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    He has his detractors, but hate to see it end that way for him. Guy is responsible for the single most watched MLS game evah (gotta count for somethin').

    Would have been right to see him suit up for the WC England one more time.

    Dunno if it matters to the Galaxy much...last I looked MLS will be on strike soon.

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    Dunno if it matters to the Galaxy much...last I looked MLS will be on strike soon.
    Really? I didn't hear that.

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    MLS players say they’re unified in labor talks
    By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer
    Mar 12, 10:18 pm EST

    SEATTLE (AP)—Kasey Keller wants to make sure fans who hear about a possible strike in Major League Soccer understand the current standoff is about player rights and not salaries.

    “This is truly a case of guys who could make more money going out and getting a job, but they’re trying to live out the dream,” Keller said on Friday.

    The Seattle Sounders goalkeeper said he wasn’t surprised when the MLS Players Union announced Thursday it voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached by March 25, when the Sounders host expansion Philadelphia in the league opener.

    The league’s first collective bargaining agreement, a five-year deal, originally was set to run out Jan. 31 but was extended twice while negotiations continued. It expired Feb. 25 after the MLS Players Union refused another extension.

    Negotiators for management and players met Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, D.C., in talks convened by George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

    All the players are asking for are rights players have in other leagues around the world, Keller said. He understands that when the previous deal was agreed to, players needed to make concessions to keep the league going.

    Now that the league has a solid base and is expanding into new markets, and Keller said it’s time for the players to get some of those concessions back.

    “I understand where the league was coming from five, 10 years ago when it was up against the wall if we were going to still have a league,” Keller said. “That’s now no longer the case and some of the things they were able to get away with just can’t happen anymore.”

    Keller has been on teams in the top leagues in Europe—the English Premier League, La Liga in Spain and living in a castle while playing in Germany’s Bundesliga. Keller spent the 2007-08 season playing with Fulham in the EPL, but found himself mostly in a reserve role.

    Unhappy with the single-entity structure that has seen the league negotiate all contracts since play began in 1996, players want greater free-agent rights and a higher percentage of guaranteed deals.

    Player income averaged $147,945 at the start of last season, according to the union. But the median—the point at which an equal amount make above and below—was $88,000 for 323 players listed.

    “It’s something that everyone needs to realize that this thing being positive for the players in the end is positive for the league, which in the end is positive for the owners,” said Seattle’s Peter Vagenas, about to begin his 11th MLS season. “Because quite frankly the rest of the world looks at some of the rules and regulations we abide by and it sort of adds to the stereotype of this league not being top quality.”

    The threat of a strike comes as the Philadelphia Union, the league’s 16th team, is set to start play at Seattle in the league opener. While Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., is to open with an exhibition between New York and Brazil’s Santos on March 20, a strike would postpone the first league match at the $200 million soccer-specific stadium, against Chicago on March 27.

    Earlier this week, Seattle’s designated player, Swedish star Freddie Ljungberg, said when he flew over from Europe to join the Sounders preseason training in early February he was told a deal was imminent.

    Both Keller, 40, and Vagenas say they remain optimistic something will get settled before the Sounders are supposed to take the field in less than two weeks against Philadelphia. But they also insist the players are united in making sure they receive what they believe is a fair deal.

    “I’m quite frankly shocked to see it still at this point with the league still dragging its feet,” Vagenas said. “We’re very much behind the rest of the world, rest of the leagues in terms of players rights. … We understand the sport in this country isn’t the NFL, but at the same time there are certain rights players should have and we don’t have.”

    Dunno what's worse...that they may actually go on strike or that hardly anyone seems to know about it.


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