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Wanna see Beckham play? Better luck next year ...

Sounders fans got to see less than 17 minutes of David Beckham this season.

And when the next Major League Soccer schedule is released, Puget Sound soccer fans eager for an in-person look at the world's most famous player should hope that the Galaxy's visit comes late.

Beckham has said he will play the fourth and fifth seasons of his five-year MLS contract. But Grant Wahl, author of "The Beckham Experiment," expects him to return once again as a part-time player in 2010.

"Beckham wants to be in the league next year, but he wants to be in the league on his terms," Wahl said. "He wants to come back after the World Cup and rejoin the Galaxy more than halfway into the season, so he would be a part-time player again, just as he is this season. So, we'll see how that works out. They would have to redo his contract for that to happen. But it sounds like the Galaxy would probably agree to that, and then Beckham could come back in the last part of 2010 and supposedly be around for all of 2011."

This season, Beckham missed the Galaxy game in Seattle because he was still on extended loan to AC Milan. And then Saturday brought a 16-plus-minute appearance in the Sounders 2-0 road win. Then he was tossed through a straight red card for his spikes-up tackle on Peter Vagenas.

That leaves Sounders fans looking to next year ... or perhaps a Seattle-LA crossing on the playoff road.