David Beckham's season in jeopardy
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham might miss the rest of the Major League Soccer season because of a sprained knee.
Beckham, 32, suffered the injury as he tackled midfielder Fernando Salazar in the first half of Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to defending Mexican League champion Pachuca in the SuperLiga final.
An MRI revealed that the English superstar sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, sidelining him at least six weeks.
He already missed seven games with a left ankle injury sustained in England's 3-0 victory over Estonia on June 6.
"It has just gone from one thing to another thing," Beckham said. "Maybe it is time for me to just say, 'I need the rest' and get it right and don't come back until it is right."
Beckham could return in mid-October for the Galaxy's final three games against Toronto FC, the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire.
"He shouldn't play, to be honest," Galaxy coach Frank Yallop said. "He is hurt, but he is playing.
"That shows the character of him … it's hard because he is struggling with injury. He is trying his best."
Better with Becks
"The biggest thing is that we are markedly better when he is on the field," Galaxy midfielder Chris Klein noted. "Just having his presence around the guys gives us a much needed boost [and] when he is not there, it hurts us."
Beckham, who rose to stardom with Manchester United and Real Madrid, and even captained England, shocked the soccer community when he signed a record-breaking, five-year contract with the Galaxy on Jan. 11.
He is earning $32.5 million US in salary but, combining profit sharing and endorsements, will pocket $250 million US over the life of the deal — the richest in soccer history.
Los Angeles sits last in the MLS Western Conference with a record of 3-10-5.
With files from the Associated Press