Two of the brighter stars in MLS will be missing tomorrow when the Galaxy visits the Sounders.
Seattle will be without Fredy Montero, and LA without David Beckham.
Those holes in the lineup were discussed yesterday:
From Sounders coach Sigi Schmid: "We've got different options there. Obviously we played Freddie Ljungberg there in the game against Toronto. Sebastien (Le Toux) played there in the Open Cup game, so he's a possibility. We were concerned that Roger (Levesque) had injured himself on Tuesday, but he's okay now again. And we saw Jarrod Smith went off a little early today, but we have to see how Jarrod Smith is. So those are four pretty good options, and we have (Sanna) Nyassi as well."
However, Ljungberg didn't seem to think he was in the mix to move up. Here's his take: "I played that at Arsenal a lot of times if we were tracking a goal. If we needed a goal I stepped up and played as a second striker, but I would imagine that they maybe want to keep me in the position that I always play and learn to know the players at midfield. But yeah, personally I have absolutely no problem with it, I like to play there, but I would imagine I'll stay in my midfield position to get everything right with the guys in midfield."
Meanwhile, the Galaxy hasn't had Beckham all season, so they're used to playing without him. But that doesn't mean it does disrupt things.
This from Bruce Arena (who I wrote about in today's paper): "It impacts us a little bit on the planning side and how we can build our roster throughout the year, the implications on the salary cap, the implications on the roster -- that's an impact. I think on the financial side, I believe it's viewed as a positive for the league with David returning in July. I know that when he returns and he's healthy he makes us a better team. Obviously, it's not a perfect situation for the team itself, having a player who's probably only going to be involved in 10 games this year."
Arena said Beckham will be back in time for the Galaxy's friendly against FC Barcelona on Aug. 1 ... and also for Seattle's visit to LA on Aug. 15.