MLS Notes: Galaxy face Seattle down two DPs, tests confirm Henry timeline & more

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The Los Angeles Galaxy's match in Seattle tonight has lost a bit of its starpower.

David Beckham and Robbie Keane did not travel north for the club's highly anticipated game against the Sounders, taking two more starters out of Bruce Arena's lineup. That is in addition to the loss of goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who is out for an undisclosed period of time after reportedly enrolling in the league's substance abuse treatment program.

Between the club having three games in a week's time and the turf surface in Seattle, it should not come as a complete surprise that the aging, yet healthy, DPs were left behind for added rest ahead of the weekend home match against the New York Red Bulls. 

For Beckham, who turns 37 today, the match was supposed to one in which he performed in front of Team Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce, who was scheduled to fly to the United States and attend the match and assess Beckham's play ahead of selecting his Olympic roster.

Here are a few more items from around the league:


Hans Backe's initial assessment of Thierry Henry's hamstring injury turned out to be dead on.

After undergoing tests on his strained hamstring, Henry has officially been ruled out for the next 3-to-4 weeks, just like Backe speculated in his comments right after the New York Red Bulls' 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Given the timetable, the Red Bulls' schedule and the timing of the international break, Henry is likely to miss five matches (Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Montreal and Chivas USA) and return on June 17, when the Red Bulls play the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. 


Conor Casey returned to action last weekend for the first time since rupturing his Achilles' tendon last July, but he won't be building on that performance tonight.

Casey did not accompany his teammates to New England for the Rapids' mid-week match at Gillette Stadium. The turf surface at Gillette is the main reason for that, as it was on the surface in Seattle that Casey got hurt. He is expected to rejoin the club for its weekend match in Dallas, according to comments made by coach Oscar Pareja.


The San Jose Earthquakes are in fine form, and they could be welcoming back one of their leaders for a crucial game against another one of the league's hottest teams.

Ramiro Corrales is no longer on the club's injury report and should be ready to return from an ankle injury that caused him to miss the last two games. With Corrales out, center back Justin Morrow shifted over to left back and did a fine job of holding down the fort while the 35-year-old Corrales recuperated.


Think LA has a shot in Seattle without Beckham, Keane and Saunders? How do you see the Red Bulls faring without Henry? Think it's wise for Casey to be held out of the Revs match? Wish turf surfaces would go away? Where do you rank Corrales among the left backs in MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

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53 Responses to MLS Notes: Galaxy face Seattle down two DPs, tests confirm Henry timeline & more

  1. jack says:

    I’m old and fat and play on turf several times a week…they are professional athletes, and need to get over it

  2. mowsley says:

    That might be the best comment ive seen in a while thanks jack..

  3. lassidawg says:

    Last year with the surface in their I could buy it. Yes we all wish they could play on grass, but it won’t happen in Seattle.

    The turf in there now is great and plays close to grass as you can get.

  4. Old School says:

    Weekend Warrior complex.

  5. Old School says:

    The only person a man wearing a toupee fools is himself.

  6. James says:

    You haven’t put a lifetime of professional soccer stress on your knees and ankles. Even the best turf fucks with you, no matter how fit you are.

  7. Poo says:

    Guess LA figures on losing anyway, so why use up their legs for it.

  8. Robinswood says:

    Obviously a face-saving move by the Galaxy. They knew they’d be looking at a good old fashioned butt whuppin’ and now they’ve got a built in excuse!

  9. dub says:

    proper fucks?

  10. WileyJ says:


  11. ben in el cajon says:

    Yes jack,

    If you are old and fat (I bet I’m older and fatter), you aren’t competing and running as hard as a professional, nor are the others on the pitch who might crash into you. You also haven’t been running 20 hours per week for the last 20 to 30 years, and you haven’t ridden out 10,000 bad tackles at top speed. At the knife edge of performance, things are just different.

  12. Knuckles says:


  13. Dimidri says:

    Can someone from Seattle comment on this-
    People seem to say the following two things-
    1) Can’t have grass in PNW because rains too much.
    2) Doesn’t actually rain that much in Seattle, 43 cities get more rain, etc.

    Also why no USMNT games at Safeco(Baseball) Park?

  14. Old School says:

    I hear it rains a lot in England, too.

    sidenote: they play on grass.

  15. MetrofanNo1 says:

    Five games? Geez, hopefully the RedBulls can win two at least and tie one.

  16. fischy says:

    The thing about rain and the turf has little to do with soccer, although that can be tough on the grass. It’s got more to do with American football, which they also play in the Sounders’ stadium, whatever it’s called this week. If they tried to play American football on a grass field, the argument is that they tear the field up. which is almost certainly correct.

    Having said that, I think it’s ridiculous that they are sending professional athletes on to a field that they consider hazardous.

  17. Neruda says:

    I live here and have always wondered the same things.

    I’m surprised Keane isn’t going to play. He’s younger than Beckham and only a bit older than LD. Keane’s trying to mess up my fantasy team this week.

  18. Poo says:

    Not from Seattle but regarding the rain, its not so much the Volume but the consistency in days. Here in NY it may rain 2 inches but thats followed by 2-3 days of bright sun. This means better grass growing conditions.

    The main issue though I think is that the seahawks would tear up a grass field, which wouldnt have a strong ability to recover, given the above mentioned poor conditions.

    Still, I think they should move to grass. even the newest turf fields (i.e. portland and seattle year 1) still have the ball roll to fast and bounce too high.

  19. Rob in SJ says:

    As a life long Quakes fan I have to say that I have never been a huge fan of Corrales, however, looking back this is based primarily on his tendency to have his shots on goal sail 20 – 30 yards over the crossbar. That said defensively he has been excellent this season. What he lacks in speed he makes up with good positioning and a hard-nosed edge to his play. He is also great leader on the pitch. His conditioning is top notch and provides a great example for the younger players that the Quakes are working through the system. It’s hard to believe he is the last active player from the inaugural MLS season – time flys when you are having fun! Go Quakes!

  20. wyofan says:

    I tore my ACL on turf. The ‘blades of grass’ on turf don’t give at all like soil, so your cleats get locked in more. The rubber shreds have helped immensely with the cushioning, but the plastic grass doesn’t shift since it’s sewn in. Just that little bit of dissipation of force makes grass a little bit safer…

  21. dan says:

    Seattle needs to get real grass or a new stadium, this is ridiculous that they are on of the few teams that gets away with having turf still.

  22. Dinho says:


  23. Dustin says:

    I dont know what the Turf in Seattle had to do with Casey’s injury since the game was played on a temperary grass surface. So the, he got hurt because of the horrible turf, argument really does not hold any water.

  24. WK says:

    beat me to it. he’s not going to win many footraces anymore (if he ever did) but Corrales’ experience and guile has made up for his lack of speed. will be good to have him back in the lineup if for no other reason we’ve got a 3rd center-back on the bench again instead of a converted defensive mid or winger. I’m going to be at the game w/ DC, but will be checking the LA-SEA & NE-COL scores.

  25. Jeremy says:

    Yeah how dare they put in a brand new top of the line turf field! Those Sounders are so mean to the opposing teams making them play on a brand new field. Jesus, what a bunch of crybaby whiners.

  26. Jeremy says:

    I hate to think about what you would do if the Sounders weren’t around for you to attempt to bash. Poor little guy. Life must be so hard on you.

  27. artificial says:

    Jacks on the knife edge of performance – just the pointy end…

  28. Soccer Man says:

    The Galaxy are becoming a bore. They need to sign some DPs that don’t need every other game off for a rest, or for an important personal matter. Maybe they should change their name to the prima donnas.

  29. Hopper says:

    I was really looking forward to seeing Beckham and Keane play tonight at the CLink, but since they’re at home sitting on their old asses, I suppose I’ll have to settle for watching my Sounders beat the Carson Galaxy.

  30. Hopper says:

    It’s not ridiculous at all. More and more teams around the world are using synthetic surfaces … one of the Milan teams is installing one for next season.

    Get over it. Turf ain’t that bad to play on anyways. I do it all the time.

  31. LIUnited says:

    some math=
    Seattle Seahawks Average 67,000 people for 8 home games at $100 per ticket is $53,600,000 in revenue.

    The sounders play like 18 home games? So 18 games of 36,000 at $30 per ticket is $19,440,000 in revenue.

    Until the sounders generate more revenue than the seahawks football chooses the surface.

  32. wickedgimp says:

    Actually there are several reasons why Seattle doesn’t have grass, and they have been hashed over so many times I hesitate to delve into them again. In no particular order they are –

    1. It rains in Seattle? Crazy talk! It’s not that it rains hard in Seattle. Its that it is a constant drizzle, with lots and lots of cloudy days. When it is sunny in Seattle there are very few more beautiful cities in the world. The problem is its never sunny.

    2. Stadium design. Basically the way the stadium roof was built means the actual field doesn’t get a lot of time in the sun to dry out said grass, so the field would always be soft and mushy.

    3. Field usage. Due to Husky stadium construction, both the Huskies and Seahawks will play their home games at CLink for at least the next two years. That means cone playoff time the field would be destroyed. Also Clink holds a lot of events that would kill the grass at least 4 or 5 seperate times randomly throughout the year.

    4. No building a Sounders specific stadium isn’t an option. The Sonics already left town because they couldn’t build another stadium and Clink is one of if not the best stadium in MLS once you factor in capacity and location.

  33. lassidawg says:

    Or the stress of reckless MLS tackles.

    You tell me which has kocked more guys out, the turf or crap tackles

  34. 2tone says:

    Actually Milan are putting in a grass/turf hybrid field. Totally different to a completely synthetic turf field. I honestly believe that the Sounders should really start to think about building their own stadium that could hold 40,000.

  35. mattjack says:

    what they need to do is knock down the shite of an arena and put a SSS there in its place because sorry folks, Seattle isnt getting a basketball team EVER again!!

  36. lassidawg says:

    If it was soccer only it would be fine, but it is used for many events.

    My backyard doesn’t have soccer played on it, but it is difficult to keep in good shape.

  37. lassidawg says:

    What causes more injuries the turf fields or the crappy tackles each week in the MLS.

  38. Just sayin' says:

    So let’s summarize:

    $16 million worth of High priced but fragile talent out due to injury or fear of getting injured

    $200K worth of blue collar hard nosed player back on the field

    Kind of sums up MLS and the DP experiment don’t you think?

    You could have a full team roster of Corrales like players for Beckham’s salary.

  39. KokoTheGorillaWill-F-U-Up says:

    people in seattle smoked all the grass, so none left to play on

  40. Old School says:

    Life in MLS existed before the Sounders.

    You’re welcome for the entry to our league.

  41. Jeremy says:

    You would think after four years that would you be able to come up with some new material. Keep up the hate buddy. You are welcome for the massive attendance boost to the entire league for the past 3+ seasons. You must be one of those bitter Chicago “fans”. Better luck next year. Maybe you will actually beat the Sounders one of these years.

  42. Old School says:

    If we’re dishing out luck, I wish you guys nothing but the best in getting your own stadium or that your big brother Seahawks allow you to play on an actual surface.

    Maybe then you’ll be able to experience an actual National Team match (you do know about international competitions, right?).

    My beef is and always has been with the surface. The d-bag fanbase just makes it an easy target.

    There’s literally zero come backs needed other than stating the obvious. Sorry for the lack of entertainment. It’s just facts.

  43. Dave says:

    Oh yeah, and we can all just crap dollars to make that happen

  44. Luis F says:

    You’re both being idiots. We all wish the CLink was grass, but grass wouldn’t get enough sun to survive. It would probably turn into moss like my backyard. With soccer and football on the surface, in a city where it rains a lot, it would be a mud-pit all year long.

    It sucks that we don’t get national team games because of it, but them’s the breaks.

  45. Luis F says:

    Also – because of the way the roof is configured, the surface wouldn’t receive enough sunlight. They’re having that problem at the San Siro in Milan, I believe.

  46. Luis F says:

    True – right before last year’s friendly, I believe. The only thing worse than bad turf is laying down a layer of grass on top of it.

  47. Jason says:

    Only one season for the Huskies actually. They expect to play 2013 in Husky Stadium.

  48. Old School says:

    Nothing like the voice of reasoning dishing out juvenile name calling prior to making a point.

    A point that was actually relevant.

    Ah well, no one’s perfect (except for Sounders fans who discovered the game in 2008)

  49. marco says:

    Easy answer. Billionaire Paul Allen of MicroSoft fame reneged on his contract to install grass, and was never sued by the city.
    The bond issued passed because it was dual purpose stadium, for both football and soccer, with grass. Allen didn’t want the added expense of grass maintenance, so he ignored that part of the contract. That’s what billionaires do. He of course can hire legions of writers to spin the weather fantasy.

  50. marco says:

    The seasons do not conflict except for 1 to 2 games, which can easily be rescheduled, as SKC and Houston certainly know about.

  51. marco says:

    The citizens footed 90% of the bill and opted for grass.

  52. marco says:

    Seattle has approximately the same amount of sunshine, or sunny days as London, home of many EPL sides. People can spin this by using days, hours, and partly cloudy qualifiers. Seattle gets less than 40″ of rain a year which is not top ten in the USA. I believe the main reason is the high cost of maintenance, which Paul Allen rejects.

  53. Luis F says:

    Name calling is the only way anybody pays attention to me…