SEATTLE — With everything David Beckham has endured in his three years in MLS, there was no way a bone bruise was going to keep him from playing in Sunday's championship.
It seemed in question earlier this week when Beckham was seen with a walking boot on his right foot, and was reiterated when he limped out of Qwest Field following Saturday's training session. Beckham didn't address the media on Saturday, but his coach insisted his million-dollar man would be fine.
That was indeed the case. Beckham started and played the entire match and didn't show any ill-effects from the nagging injury.
At Friday's press conference Beckham said he'd take a cortisone shot if necessary, but it's not known whether he did.
QUESTIONABLE TURF: Throughout the week several players for both Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake expressed their disappointment with a championship being played on turf.
Commissioner Don Garber addressed the topic in his halftime chat with the media.
"We don't really have much of a choice here. It's fair to say this is a pretty good place to host the MLS Cup, if the alternative was not doing it here and playing on grass and playing it here on an artificial surface, I think all of us would agree it should be here," said Garber. "You'd love to find a situation where we have grass everywhere."
VERY UNLUCKY: The timing couldn't have been worse for Will Johnson to come down with food poisoning, but that was the reality when he woke up early Sunday morning nauseous on the day of the big game
The hard-working midfielder eventually went to the hospital to be given intravenous fluids, and was deemed fit to play after a pre-game fitness test an hour before the match.
He gave it a go in the first half but was ultimately replaced by Ned Grabavoy at halftime.
MISSING IN ACTION: After starting all three of L.A.'s matches leading up to Sunday's MLS Cup, midfielder Dema Kovalenko was not in the starting line-up for the final.
He only trained once leading up to the final because of an illness, and the coaching staff opted not to risk putting him in the starting line-up.
BIG CROWD: Even though some questioned playing the MLS Cup on turf, the league enjoyed its largest attendance at an MLS Cup since 2002 by having Seattle host the championship with 46,011 fans in attendance.
"This is a very memorable night for soccer in America. This whole year our experience here in Seattle has exceeded our expectations, and even tonight's game has," said Garber.
The MLS Cup attendance record is 61,316 which showed up to watch Los Angeles defeat New England at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
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