Becks in limbo

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Minnesota Thunder are on the verge of postponing exhibition matches featuring David Beckham.

Beckham was supposed to star in the Los Angeles Galaxy's Oct. 3 friendly against the Whitecaps at B.C. Place Stadium and in an Oct. 10 meeting with an undetermined international team at the Minneapolis Metrodome. However it may take more than six weeks to heal the sprained right knee Beckham suffered on Aug. 29.

"Even if he were able to recover, he would only be available to play 15 or 20 minutes of a 90-minute game," ESPN's Tommy Smyth told the New York Daily News.

Whitecaps' president Bob Lenarduzzi is adamant that the Vancouver game will not be cancelled. The Galaxy's contract indicates Beckham must play at least 45 minutes. More than 45,000 tickets have been sold.

The last-place 3-11-5 Galaxy end the Major League Soccer season Oct. 21. It's unlikely L.A. would agree so soon to give up on its faint playoff hopes and reschedule for late October.

There are eight vacant days between Nov. 4-15 that do not conflict with Vancouver Canucks' games next door at GM Place. The rest of the month is booked for B.C. Lions and high school football playoffs and UBC Intramurals. L.A.'s only other match is a Nov. 27 friendly in Australia against Sydney FC.

Beckham's wife Victoria plays GM Place with the Spice Girls on Dec. 2, but B.C. Place is booked for high school football championships on Dec. 1 and community football on Dec. 2.


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