David Beckham Shan't Be Gracing Us With His Presence

David Beckham Shan't Be Gracing Us With His Presence

Union fans hoping for another look at David Beckham will be disappointed
when the LA Galaxy pull into PPL Park on Wednesday night without him.
Bruce Arena made the call to sit Beckham for the mid-week showdown with
Philadelphia, which falls between consecutive weekend matches for LA. I don't
know if Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan was cracking jokes at Beckham's
expense, just speaking the truth, or a combination of both, but he is in
the early lead for best quip at Beckham's resting.

“When
you have to travel the way we do — cross-country for a game like this —
you can’t expect someone his age to play three games in a week.”

Donovan,
the Galaxy's captain and leading scorer, thinks the team will be OK
without Beckham. Aside from wanting to see the celeb star play in
Chester for the first time since last summer, the absence of Beckham
also means the Galaxy will be without one of the all-time masters of set
pieces and free kicks. Kevin Kinkead reminds us that not only did the
Galaxy's lone goal in their previous 1-0 win over the Union this season
come off a Beckham set piece, but all of the goals allowed by the
Union have come either directly off a free kick or as a result of a
failed clear after one.

The result tomorrow night is what's most important, but we'd have rather
seen Beckham out there for it. Plus, with the Lakers out of the
playoffs, who knows what he'll do with the downtime.

Union boss Peter Nowak won't be here for this game either, instead traveling to his native Poland to play in a charity game.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.