GALAXY: Beckham says he's ready
November, 19, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
CARSON -- David Beckham returned to training after skipping Thursday and Friday's sessions, then declared himself ready for Sunday MLS Cup final against Houston.
That's what the Galaxy has been saying all along -- and what anyone who knows Beckham was expecting -- despite talk of a cold and whispers that something's wrong with his hamstring.
He was on Home Depot Center's stadium field Saturday afternoon. Most of the session was closed to the media, but Beckham said things went well.
“I sat out, obviously, the last couple of days, but good to be back out there with the guys, and we're ready as a team, we're ready,” he said. “My body feels great. It shouldn't be a problem, shouldn't be an issue.”
Officially, he's listed as questionable for the match with back spasms -- but he's been questionable for most of the past two months or so, because of ongoing back problems, and it's yet to keep him out of a game.
“I've had issues with my back all season,” said Beckham, whose injury at one point was diagnosed as a minor spinal stress fracture. “But I was able to train today and came through it with no problem.”
WORTH NOTING: Landon Donovan, on going six years without an MLS title (after winning three in his first five seasons): “It seems longer. There were some bad years here. And there's been some good years, but we've had disappointing finishes each of the last two seasons. It feels like an eternity, but it would all go away with a win tomorrow.” ... Houston coach Dominic Kinnear says he expects Adam Cristman to start up top for L.A. with Robbie Keane. ... The forecast is rain. A storm system is expected to move into Southern California on Sunday, reaching the Basin by early evening and bringing with it four to six hours of steady rain. ... Bakersfield's Ricardo Salazar will be the referee, his first MLS Cup appearance in 13 seasons. He'll be joined by linesmen Craig Lowry (in his fifth Cup) and Peter Manikowski (his first), and Hilario Grajeda will be the fourth official.