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GALAXY: Just call him Captain Becks

3/24/2011

David Beckham will don the captain's armband Saturday night for the Galaxy, stepping in for Landon Donovan, who will miss the game at Real Salt Lake while with the U.S. national team.

Beckham was handed the captaincy when he joined the Galaxy in July 2007 and held it until L.A. coach Bruce Arena appointed Donovan during the 2009 preseason. This will be the first time he has served as the team's captain since.

"Bruce has asked me to wear it, and I'll be proud to wear it," Beckham said after Thursday's training session at Home Depot Center. "It doesn't change the way I play. It's something you're very proud to wear, but you need more that that one leader on the field."

Beckham was England's national team captain from November 2000 through the 2006 World Cup, and he was handed the armband by coach Fabio Capello for a June 2008 friendly against Trinidad & Tobago.

"He’s a logical choice, and he's worn the captain’s armband here before and probably in a couple of other places as well," Arena said. "I don’t think it’s asking too much. It’s not too overwhelming for him.”

Donovan on Monday joined U.S. preparations in Cary, N.C., for friendlies Saturday night against Argentina in East Rutherford, N.J., and Tuesday against Paraguay in Nashville.