With Beckham loan unresolved, LA postpones match

October 29, 2008

BRISBANE, Australia -- The proposed loan of David Beckham to AC Milan prompted the Los Angeles Galaxy to postpone its Dec. 11 game against an Australian team.

The Major League Soccer club said it could not guarantee the former England captain would play in the exhibition game against Queensland Roar in Brisbane, The Australian Associated Press reported.

"To avoid disappointment for the many fans that were expected to travel to Brisbane from all parts of Australia, it was decided to postpone this game before tickets went on sale to the general public," Galaxy business operations president Tom Payne said.

Tickets were to go on sale Thursday.

The Galaxy will proceed with a Dec. 6 game against an Oceania All-Star team in Auckland, New Zealand, and organizers will try to reschedule the game against A-League club Queensland Roar.

Beckham scored with a trademark, curling free kick in the Galaxy's 5-3 loss to Sydney FC at a packed Olympic stadium in Australia's biggest city last November.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is negotiating a loan move to Milan beginning in January. He wants to stay in shape during the MLS offseason and boost his chances of playing on England's national team. Beckham said he intends to return to the Galaxy for the start of the next MLS season.


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