Cobi Jones walks past LA Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan after training today ... and coughs.
Sarachan looks at Jones and both start laughing.
There's no doubt about the top story today as the Galaxy concluded training for their Saturday game against the Sounders: Landon Donovan has swine flu.
Neither Donovan nor David Beckham were at practice today at Home Depot Center. Coach Bruce Arena gave Beckham the day off after he traveled back from Amsterdam yesterday from English national team duty. However, while Beckham is expected to play tomorrow -- although Arena didn't fully confirm it -- Donovan seems less likely -- although Arena didn't fully rule it out.
"I haven't seen him today, but like anybody else who has the flu, depending on how quickly he can turn it around he might be an option," Arena said. "If it's how I felt, he's playing. It's certainly on how Landon feels and what the doctors tell me."
Arena said the worst is over for Donovan, that he isn't a threat to spread the flu among his teammates, and that his availability will depend on how he feels at gametime.
"I haven't gone to medical school, so I don't know the exact how it happened, but it happened," he said. "We had the flu run through the team last week in Boston. We took the necessary precautions, had a couple of staff members who were out a couple of days on medication and everything's fine.
"... The little understanding I have of this flu is it's a flu that is very manageable. I think the worst part of it is the word 'swine.' People tend to panic. I'm told there are other flues that are much more difficult to deal with. My guess – this is my guess, I haven't been in a lab all night working this out – is that he probably got contaminated last week when a couple of other staff members did in Boston, where a couple of people didn't feel good on Friday and it carried through. I think that's exactly the case with Landon as well. And it's not infectious – it's well passed that stage – and there's no issues on our team or anything else."
It'll be interesting to see how it plays out, because the Galaxy with Beckham and Donovan are the glamour team of MLS. And the Galaxy without Beckham and Donovan are pretty much indistinguishable from the Charleston Battery.
Meanwhile, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid sounds like he expects to see Donovan.
"I do not know if he is going to play or not play," Schmid said after practice today in a quote provided by the club. "Obviously, he played down in Mexico and he already had the symptoms there. So, I am not anticipating him not playing. I am anticipating him playing."