Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Beckham Situation Having an Impact on All-Star Game?

Interesting speculation that the Beckham situation may impact the selection of the All-Star Game opponent according to this article on SI.

"AC Milan sporting director Umberto Gandini, who elected not to come across the Atlantic last week as was reported in this column and other places, may indeed travel on Tuesday as has also been reported by several outlets. On the discussion table will not only be the fate of Beckham, but the prospect of Milan playing perhaps two games in the U.S. as part of a settlement agreement.

One of them might be the MLS All-Star Game in Salt Lake City on July
29, the other is a possible Milanese derby in Chicago a few days prior. What of
those rumors and reports regarding not AC Milan but archrival Inter Milan
filling the All-Star date?

Inter Milan is headed to the U.S. at about that time and, according
to a source involved in the pending arrangements, Inter will be based in Los
Angeles and play Club América of Mexico at the Los Angeles Coliseum on July 19,
then travel east to play AC Milan. This tentative itinerary has Inter arriving
in L.A. on July 12 and leaving the U.S. two weeks later, which would rule out an
All-Star appearance."