David Beckham will be out six weeks with a right MCL sprain. Ouch.
Six weeks puts us at Oct. 10. The Galaxy's last three games of the season are against Toronto on Oct. 13, New York on Oct. 18 and at Chicago on Oct. 21, though I would seriously doubt he appears in any of those games.
In all likelihood, Beckham's played his final (meaningful) game this year.
I don't think things could have possibly been any worse for Beckham in his first year in MLS. Different people will have different opinions about who is ultimately responsible. Some will blame the Galaxy, others will blame the league, still others will blame Frank Yallop and then there'll be some blame placed on Beckham himself (though few will probably blame Steve McClaren for running Beckham out for 90 minutes in a friendly).
Yallop took the blame for having played Beckham 90 minutes against Chivas USA but who knows if that was actually his decision or if Beckham demanded to play or what the circumstances were.
In the end, though, the fact is that Beckham's first MLS season was far more hype than substance because of his injuries. He delivered in one sense, in that he forced people and the media to pay attention to Major League Soccer. But that came at a heavy price, as Beckham admitted he rushed back from injury too fast and this final blow happened because he tried to overcompensate for his gimpy ankle.
At least we can all hope Beckham will rest and won't be under duress for the start of the 2008 season, though that may as well be a decade down the road.