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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
SUPERCLASICO: Becks' focus: a flame

By Scott French

The Galaxy, its White House visit now a warm memory, and Chivas USA, still making sense of an is-it-done-or-not trade for Danny Califf, have a big date this weekend: the first of three SuperClasico meetings at Home Depot Center.

That's the focus for everyone, except David Beckham.

The English star has Olympic duty to complete first, so he'll miss training Thursday and the news conference home team Chivas is trying to put together for Friday to help deliver to the U.K. the Olympic flame.

Beckham, who played an ambassadorial role as London pursued the 2012 Summer Games, has traveled to Athens, Greece, to join dignitaries for a torch handoff ceremony Thursday. He will join other Olympic officials, including Princess Anne, in flying the torch to Britain on Friday. A 70-day relay involving some 8,000 people will carry the flame from Cornwall, in the south of England, to the Shetland Islands, off Scotland's north coast.

Beckham, whose jaunt was unveiled Wednesday, will then fly home to Los Angeles for Saturday's game against the Goats. It's the first of three games in eight days for the Galaxy, and he rarely plays in all three matches in such situation, so he could be held out of the Chivas match after so much travel. He has played following long trips before, and if he was going to miss a match in the tight span, the May 26 clash at Houston seems likeliest.