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MLS All-Star Game notebook, page 1
As the first day of MLS All-Star Week kicked off in Manhattan on Monday, there was plenty of talk about one player who was missing … and one who may not be around MLS much longer.
Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan will miss Wednesday’s All-Star Game with a calf injury, but teammate David Beckham is in New York and will be in the lineup to take on his former club, Manchester United.
Beckham sounded confident that this MLS All-Star Team can do better than last year’s squad, which dropped a 5-2 decision to Manchester United in Houston.
“We’ve got a lot of good, young talent on this team,” Beckham said. “These players are good players. It’s not just about the big European talent coming over. There’s a lot of young talent in this league and I think we have a chance on Wednesday.”
Beckham also addressed recent comments suggesting that he was interested in prolonging his time in MLS. He is currently in the final year of his MLS contract.
“If I continue to feel like I do right now then I’ll continue to play,” Beckham said. “I’m happy where I am. I’m happy playing for the Galaxy, and happy playing in this league.
“My family loves it here, but it really just comes down to how my body feels at the end of the year.”
I was fortunate enough to win everything on the national team and club level. I’m happy with that and I’m happy here ...
Despite concerns about his body, Beckham is still holding out hope of potentially playing for England again. Whether it’s realistic or not at this point remains to be seen, but Beckham clearly wants to play for England again.
“I’d love to be involved with the England team,” Beckham said. “It’s one of the reasons I went on loan to (AC) Milan, to continue to be involved with the England team, which I was.”
Here were some other notes and news items from Monday in New York:
Henry shoots down idea of European return
Thierry Henry has enjoyed his time in America, and playing in New York has afforded him the chance to play in his favorite city, an experience that has been everything he thought it would be.
For that reason, Henry has no plans of leaving MLS to return to Europe, even on a short-term loan.
“I am done with Europe,” Henry said. “I was fortunate enough to win everything on the national team and club level. I’m happy with that and I’m happy here to help my team win something.”
Henry is leading MLS in goals with 11 and has become the impact striker the Red Bulls expected when they signed him last summer.
Six named inactive MLS All-Stars
Joel Lindpere, Osvaldo Alonso and Nick Rimando were among the six players voted to be named inactive MLS All-Stars by player voting.
The trio were joined by LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho, Vancouver striker Eric Hassli and D.C. United midfielder Dwayne DeRosario.
The players were added to the MLS All-Star Roster, but will not take part in the match.
Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for FOXSoccer.com covering Major League Soccer and the US National Team.