David Beckham -- the best-known player in MLS -- was away on loan when the Galaxy faced the Sounders at Qwest Field last season, and he was recovering from an Achilles injury when the Galaxy visited in May of this year.
However, he mended quickly enough to play in the Galaxy's last seven MLS games, and he says he'll be ready to face the Sounders in the playoff opener Sunday.
"I’m feeling good," he said in a phone interview this morning. "Obviously, I played another 90 minutes at the weekend, which always help. Obviously still not back to full fitness, but I’m very close now and I’m happy with the progression I’ve had over the last few weeks and happy to be going into this game on Sunday."
Beckham added that he's especially looking forward to finally getting to play in the best environment in MLS.
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"When we realized we were playing Seattle I was really pleased, because like you say, I’ve played on the field before, but not played against Seattle in Seattle," he said. "It’s going to be good. I’ve heard about the atmosphere, I’ve heard what the fans are like. To fill that stadium week in and week out is a special thing to have. I’ve always admired the way Joe Roth and everyone has brought this franchise into the league and what they’ve done to it is something that I personally admire, and I know a lot of other people admire around the league. To sell out a stadium for a soccer game week in and week out tells you something about the place and about the people there. I know they’re not all going to be cheering for me and the Galaxy, but it’s something that I’m looking forward to."
Our Friday paper has more from Beckham, discussing the crowds in Seattle, Los Angeles and across MLS ... and his continuing goal to promote soccer in the U.S.