Still waiting for David

David Beckham makes an appearance at a Blue Jays game last month. (Sun File/Dave Abel)

David Beckham makes an appearance at a Blue Jays game last month. (Sun File/Dave Abel)

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:48 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Canadians will have to wait longer to see David Beckham play for the first time north of the border.

The Oct. 3 exhibition match between Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy and the United Soccer Leagues' Vancouver Whitecaps was officially postponed on Friday. Beckham was sidelined for six weeks after he sprained his right knee in the Aug. 29 SuperLiga final against Mexico's Pachuca.

The Whitecaps have sold 45,000 tickets but have not announced a new date for the game. A Whitecaps' spokesman said fans should hold on to tickets until the new date is announced.

According to Major League Soccer's website, the Oct. 3 game in Vancouver and another on Oct. 10 in Minneapolis, "will still be played... after the end of the regular season."

The last-place 3-11-5 Galaxy end the regular season on Oct. 21. The club has 11 games remaining and could mathematically earn a playoff berth.

The Whitecaps' contract with Los Angeles stipulates that Beckham must play at least 45 minutes.

The game is most likely to be rescheduled in the first half of November when there are eight open dates at 60,000-seat B.C. Place that do not conflict with Vancouver Canucks' games next door at General Motors Place.

Beckham was supposed to make his MLS regular season debut on Aug. 5 against Toronto FC at BMO Field, but did not dress because of an ankle injury. The star midfielder from England signed a five-year, US$250 million deal earlier this year.


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