The Los Angeles Galaxy's match in Seattle tonight has lost a bit of its starpower.
David Beckham and Robbie Keane did not travel north for the club's highly anticipated game against the Sounders, taking two more starters out of Bruce Arena's lineup. That is in addition to the loss of goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who is out for an undisclosed period of time after reportedly enrolling in the league's substance abuse treatment program.
Between the club having three games in a week's time and the turf surface in Seattle, it should not come as a complete surprise that the aging, yet healthy, DPs were left behind for added rest ahead of the weekend home match against the New York Red Bulls.
For Beckham, who turns 37 today, the match was supposed to one in which he performed in front of Team Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce, who was scheduled to fly to the United States and attend the match and assess Beckham's play ahead of selecting his Olympic roster.
Here are a few more items from around the league:
TESTS CONFIRM HENRY TIMELINE
Hans Backe's initial assessment of Thierry Henry's hamstring injury turned out to be dead on.
After undergoing tests on his strained hamstring, Henry has officially been ruled out for the next 3-to-4 weeks, just like Backe speculated in his comments right after the New York Red Bulls' 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday.
Given the timetable, the Red Bulls' schedule and the timing of the international break, Henry is likely to miss five matches (Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Montreal and Chivas USA) and return on June 17, when the Red Bulls play the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.
CASEY DOESN'T MAKE NE TRIP
Conor Casey returned to action last weekend for the first time since rupturing his Achilles' tendon last July, but he won't be building on that performance tonight.
Casey did not accompany his teammates to New England for the Rapids' mid-week match at Gillette Stadium. The turf surface at Gillette is the main reason for that, as it was on the surface in Seattle that Casey got hurt. He is expected to rejoin the club for its weekend match in Dallas, according to comments made by coach Oscar Pareja.
CORALES READY TO RETURN FOR SAN JOSE
The San Jose Earthquakes are in fine form, and they could be welcoming back one of their leaders for a crucial game against another one of the league's hottest teams.
Ramiro Corrales is no longer on the club's injury report and should be ready to return from an ankle injury that caused him to miss the last two games. With Corrales out, center back Justin Morrow shifted over to left back and did a fine job of holding down the fort while the 35-year-old Corrales recuperated.
Think LA has a shot in Seattle without Beckham, Keane and Saunders? How do you see the Red Bulls faring without Henry? Think it's wise for Casey to be held out of the Revs match? Wish turf surfaces would go away? Where do you rank Corrales among the left backs in MLS?
Share your thoughts below.