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Beckham Speaks

Before taking the field for a closed training session with his Galaxy teammates, David Beckham addressed the media during a press conference held inside the RFK Stadium visiting baseball team's batting cage (It's the only location in the entire stadium that can accommodate a large gathering!).

On whether he will play tomorrow: "Hopefully I will play some part of it. We're not sure yet. We'll see how it reacts today."

On his level of frustration: "It's always frustrating when you are a sportsman and you can't do what you love doing. It's frustrating because it's an injury that I have had now for almost eight weeks. It's getting better, it's improving every day, but a lot of people and myself want it to be a bit quicker. Obviously it's a natural thing to heal in a natural way and that's what I am trying to do."

On his progress: "I trained for about 20 minutes [yesterday], which was good. I still have some discomfort from certain parts of the play and certain parts of running, but overall it's still a frustrating time for myself. It's looking up. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully I get out there playing soon.

On whether RFK's grass will impact whether he plays: "I think it's a huge factor that it is on grass instead of FieldTurf because on FieldTurf playing with my ankle the way it is, it's not right at the moment, it would be dangerous. But with grass, it's a lot more positive for me to play out there on this. We'll see. If it's not right, it's not right. It's one of these injuries that it has to be right for me to play, it has to feel comfortable because I don't want to set myself back another five or six weeks just for 20 minutes on the field. I am doing everything possible for myself to play."

On fan reaction to him not playing: "Obviously there are going to be people that maybe don't understand, but it's a sports injury. I can't really apologize for being injured. It's just a way of life in any sportsman's career. I must say that it's so frustrating for myself to not be out there on the pitch."

On being in Washington for the first time: "This city, Washington, it's an amazing city with so much history and to be here is a great honor. I'm hoping to get out and see some of the sites and try to do it out the backdoor, which is just going to be quite difficult."

On what he would change about MLS: "There is one major thing that should actually change. I don't know whether I am being too controversial, but I think the fact that there are four or five teams with FieldTurf. As professional athletes, you can't play a game like soccer on that sort of field. The reaction of players and what it does to your body, as a soccer player, you [need] two or three days off for that. Every game, every team should have grass, without a doubt. You can't ask any athlete to perform at a high level on the FieldTurf."


More later.....

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2007; 2:33 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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