HOUSTON, TX - MAY 26: David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy leaves the field after the game against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 26, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Houston defeated Los Angeles 2-1. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The LA Galaxy are continuing on from Houston to Cary, NC to take on the Carolina Railhawks in a Tuesday US Open Cup match, but they're doing so without players who played the full 90 on Saturday. The Galaxy have confirmed, that David Beckham, as well as the other players who played the whole match on Saturday would not be subjected to a second match in four days. This could mean any number from a group including Edson Buddle, Mike Magee, A.J. DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin, Todd Dunivant, and Bryan Jordan returned to Los Angeles rather than continue on to North Carolina. (ed: have been informed Bryan Jordan did continue with the team to North Carolina) (ed: Edson Buddle and Mike Magee also have shown up in North Carolina)
The US Open Cup match is also the Galaxy's third in seven days, making the move unsurprising. The Tuesday tilt effectively becomes a reserve league match for the Galaxy, who won their Third Round US Open Cup match last year with a similar group, although they at least sent the first team back line to face the LA Blues. The Galaxy then lost in the Quarterfinals to Seattle Sounders FC.
Those who returned to Los Angeles get a two weekend break before any MLS action takes place. Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, away on international duty will see considerable action over that break. Donovan will play with the United States against Brazil on Wednesday, after defeating Scotland 5-1 on Saturday. Robbie Keane and Ireland won their friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0, and have one more friendly before beginning play in the Euro Championship.