Update – you can watch the LA Galaxy v DC United game live here. David Beckham started the game and is captaining the LA Galaxy.

Update 2 – David Beckham has scored his first LA Galaxy goal from a free kick on his first start!!! *woot* He’s da man!

David Beckham expects to play half of tonight’s Super Liga semi-final against DC United. It is not yet known whether he will start or come on as a sub.

(Source) He told reporters, Tuesday, “It’s [his ankle] not perfect yet, but I think I can play at least half a game tomorrow, which is important for me… It’s important for the team that I at least get on the pitch and help contribute. It was good to get out on to the field today and have a bit of practice… This is my first time, since I arrived, to be out on the training pitch and it felt good.” Becks said he was still feeling some pain in his Achilles’ tendon and under the ankle. “My ankle’s not perfect… It’s about 70-80 percent.” but he still feels able to play saying, I think the only 20% or 30% that’s missing is the strength in the ankle… This is my first day training, so it still feels unstable to a certain extent, but it feels stable enough to actually play in a game and see how far I can take it.

Details of Tuesday’s training session are online here. The report says that David Beckham did play in a short-sided scrimmage. At one point he took a shot on goal, resulting in a slight grimace and a little hop on his injured left ankle, proving that while he’s ready to join in training, he’s still not quite at full strength just yet.

The report also noted that ‘his ankle was heavily wrapped. Yet while it’s important not to rush Beckham back too quickly, the club hasn’t scored in their last three games (all since Beckham joined the team), and his return to the team could be all-important if the Galaxy are going to make a charge up the standings and grab a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs.’

Coach yallop added, “It’s important because our place in the league needs to get going quickly. It’s been frustrating for all of us not to have someone like David available… I think David will be the one who knits it all together.”.

Greg Lalas, the brother of La Galaxy GM Alexi Lalas, presented a case for resting David Beckham in an article on Goal.com yesterday, but obviously the brothers are not in agreement. Thanks to the fan who shared the link.

A match preview for tonight’s semi-final is online here. Good luck to Becks I hope his guardian angel will be working hard tonight!

Watching the game

Tonight’s game will be shown on Telefutura in the US, but fans elsewhere can watch the game online for free on mlsnet.com The game kicks off at 7PM PT which is 10PM ET.

Tentative plans

(Source) Becks spent 30 minutes answering press questions Tuesday and said that, depending on how his ankle holds up tonight, he expects to travel with the Galaxy to New Jersey on Thursday and to play against the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium on Saturday. From there if he is named in Steve McClaren’s squad Friday, for England’s Aug. 22 game against Germany in London, and his ankle feels well enough, he will fly to England on Sunday, returning in time for the Galaxy’s game against Chivas USA on Aug. 23. He said, “I don’t want to be meeting up with England and not being able to take part in the game because obviously that means another player doesn’t get the opportunity to play… If I’m right, I’ll be meeting up.”

Update – According to The Sun Steve McClaren told reporters when asked about David Beckham’s status, “We’ve got to assess it [his fitness] over the next few days. He’ll be in the squad, we want him to come over and play a part against Germany but it all depends on what happens this evening. We’ll be keeping in close contact with him and the Galaxy medical staff to see his condition. If at all possible of course we’d like David to join us on Monday.”

David Beckham’s Soccer USA

Just a quick reminder that David Beckham’s Soccer USA will be on Channel Five in the UK at 7.15PM tonight and also on FSC at 7.30PM ET. Update – Watch Episode 4 of the UK version below and you can hear Becks talking about his MLS debut in part one and his new team-mates in part three -

Part twoPart threePart four

Motorola contest

There is a new contest from Motorola to win a trip to the David Beckham Academy and a chance to meet Becks himself on the official David Beckham website click here to check it out and enter!

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