David Beckham Omitted From MLS All-Stars
English international midfielder David Beckham has been left out of Major League Soccer’s All-Star line-up for the season, despite successfully leading the LA Galaxy to the play-off finals.
The former Manchester United star, whose Galaxy side will face Real Salt Lake in the championship game on Sunday, didn’t make the cut in the league’s best XI, but there was room for fellow Galaxy midfield Landon Donovan and the Seattle Sounders’ Freddie Ljungberg, who played against Beckham in the English Premier League.
The pair were part of a five-man midfield in a team that also included three defenders, two forwards and a goalkeeper, with Chivas USA’s Zach Thornton filling in between the posts. In front of him, Columbus Crew centre-half Chad Marshall was teamed with Houston Dynamo’s Geoff Cameron and Wilman Conde of the Chicago Fire.
Forward honours went to the league’s top two goal-scorers from the regular season, with FC Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham and Colorado Rapids hit-man Conor Sasey leading the All-Star’s frontline.
Despite his obvious talent, Beckham’s omission from the team can hardly be considered a surprise given the torrid time the player has endured in the MLS in recent months. Persistent talk of a move to Italian side AC Milan had caused some Galaxy fans to question his commitment to the club and the soccer star has since been subjected to a barrage of abuse from the support at the Home Depot Centre.
However, although missing the cut will undoubtedly be seen by Beckham as a further nail in his MLS coffin, the midfielder will at least be looking to go out on a high with victory over Salt Lake in Seattle this weekend.