No call yet on Becks

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

No amount of cajoling or coercing by Toronto FC or Major League Soccer will sway the L.A. Galaxy from sitting David Beckham if they choose.

"We're still waiting to hear officially from the Galaxy," Tom Anselmi, executive vice president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., said yesterday as the countdown to Sunday's game began.

TFC coach Mo Johnston told Sun Media on Monday that Beckham's twisted left ankle wouldn't allow him in the game, though the coach was mum on details.

But Anselmi hinted that it would be nice if the Galaxy at least put Beckham in uniform and made him highly visible for an expected record crowd of close to 20,400 at BMO Field.

"We've had a ton of media requests and we've helped the Galaxy set up a press conference on Saturday for the benefit of the entertainment reporters," Anselmi said. "He's not just a soccer player, he's a soccer icon."

MLS commissioner Don Garber was hoping to show off two of the league's prized assets on Sunday in Beckham and a sold-out home game of the highly successful expansion TFC to a big TV audience.

"We certainly have a confluence of exciting factors," said Garber, who will be in attendance. "We are hoping David can play."

There will be no ticket refunds if Beckham sits, even though many fans have paid around $100 a pop.


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