LA Galaxy have added to David Beckham's already heavy schedule a one-off friendly against Australian A-League side Sydney FC later this year.
Injured Beckham will try to combine his international career with his new challenge in Major League Soccer which in my opinion is trying to stretch David too far as they look to capitalize on their new player.
In November David has 3 games in 9 days in 3 countries. Washington on the 17th November. Then is set to play in England's final Euro 2008 game against Croatia in their at Wembley just six days prior to the Sydney game.
The Football Federation Australia (FFA) have guaranteed the England midfielder, who will officially join the Galaxy on July 13, will play during the match at Sydney's Telstra Stadium on Nov 27.
"We've got certain guarantees in place that he will be playing," said FFA chief executive Ben Buckley.
"If David happens to get injured or feels ill, the match can be postponed to a later date."
Beckham's schedule August - November:
18: New York Red Bulls v LA Galaxy, New York,
22: England v Germany, Wembley
23: LA Galaxy v Chivas USA, Los Angeles
26: Colorado Rapids v LA Galaxy, Commerce City
1: LA Galaxy v Real Salt Lake, Los Angeles
8: LA Galaxy v Colorado Rapids, Los Angeles
12: England v Russia, Wembley
13: Chivas USA v LA Galaxy, Los Angeles
16: LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles
19: Real Salt Lake v LA Galaxy, Salt Lake City
23: LA Galaxy v FC Dallas, Los Angeles
27: Kansas City Wizards v LA Galaxy, Kansas City
30: Columbus Crew v LA Galaxy, Columbus
3: Vancouver White Caps v LA Galaxy, Vancouver
7: Houston Dynamo v LA Galaxy, Houston
13: England v Estonia, Wembley
13: Toronto FC v LA Galaxy, Toronto
17: Russia v England, Moscow
18: LA Galaxy v New York Red Bulls, Los Angeles
21: Chicago Fire v LA Galaxy, Chicago
18: MLS Cup final, Washington
21: England v Croatia, Wembley
27: LA Galaxy v Sydney FC, Sydney
I have said this before and I will say it again. They did not think this through.
Is it even humanly possible to play 3 games in 3 countries with 3 differing time zones in 9 days? I don't think so.