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David Beckham and Landon Donovan quotes

Received these quotes from the two Galaxy stars, provided by the club:


On his red card:

"Pete (Vagenas) is one of my best friends. I think it was a hard tackle but by no means is it a red card. I've never gone into a tackle wanting to hurt someone, but the referee saw it different. It was a hard tackle, but not malicious."

On the game:"I think the guys battled. It's always hard when you go down to 10 men and lose a man. It was a tough night for us. We went into the game in such a good position and in such good form, but you can't win every game."


On his availability for the game:
"I actually felt really good. In hindsight, I wish I could've started the game because I had a lot of energy, but it's frustrating that I couldn't play more. He [Bruce Arena] asked me how I was feeling, and I said I thought I could play 45 minutes. Maybe in hindsight, I would've tried to start the game and see how I felt at halftime, but in an ideal world, maybe we are winning and I don't have to come in until even later, but that is how it went tonight."

On him getting swine flu:

"Having experience it, it just like any other flu like I ever had, there is obviously a lot of serious cases, but I did a lot of research, and learned a lot about it and the majority of the cases are just like any other flu. The realities and the perceptions are very different, that being said, from what I understand, there is not a lot they know about it. From my experience, it was just a normal flu."

On David Beckham's red card:

"In games like that, you rely on the ref to do a good job of keeping things under control, and when the first bad tackle is given a red card then the rest of the game follows. And that is the unfortunate part; it is too bad it has to go that way."