L.A. Galaxy play Carolina RailHawks sans Beckham


The L.A. Galaxy arrived Monday to prepare for the much anticipated, sold out match. However, Beckham did not join them.

The Carolina RailHawks' May 22, 6-0 victory in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against New York's PSA Elite advanced the team to host the MLS defending champions.

The Galaxy said Beckham and other players who played their entire 90 minute match on Saturday would not have to play Tuesday.

Tuesday's match will be the team's second match in four days.

Those who will be hitting the pitch practiced at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary Monday afternoon.

It was recently announced by the Major League Soccer Player Union that Beckman took a $2.5 million pay cut to continue for two more years with Galaxy.

His annual salary went from $5.5 million to $3 million. Beckham had stated in numerous reports that he turned down many offers, including one from England's Queens Park Rangers, so that he and his family could stay in Los Angeles.

The cut took him from being the highest paid MLS player to the third behind New York Red Bulls stars Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez.

Another Galaxy star will be missing from Tuesday's line-up. Landon Donovan, who scored his first international hat trick in five years at the USA vs. Scotland International friendly on Saturday, is with the USA Men's National Team preparing for another friendly against Brazil on Wednesday.

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