Morning Ticker: Beckham to train with AC Milan, Guatemala coach resigns and Arsenal injuries mount

Morning Ticker: Beckham to train with AC Milan, Guatemala coach resigns and Arsenal injuries mount

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Morning Ticker: Beckham to train with AC Milan, Guatemala coach resigns and Arsenal injuries mount

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His MLS playoffs hopes have already been dashed, but David Beckham isn’t wasting any time making plans for the off-season.

According to reports out of Italy, Beckham will spend part of the winter training with AC Milan. The training stint will allow him to stay fit and potentially be available for selection by England national team manager Fabio Capello. It would also mean that Beckham will get a chance to train with some players who make close to the money he makes, something he hasn’t had a chance to experience since signing with MLS.

Could we see a Beckham loan to AC Milan? Between that possibility and the growing speculation that Landon Donovan will leave MLS after the season, you have to wonder just what Bruce Arena will have to work with in 2009.

Here are some other stories from today and Sunday to get your day started:

Guatemala fires head coach

Ramon Maradiaga stepped down as Guatemala’s head coach last week, shortly after Guatemala suffered a crushing 2-1 World Cup qualifying loss to Cuba in Cuba. The defeat, coupled with Trinidad & Tobago’s win against the United States, means ‘Los Chapines’ now need to beat the United States next month and have T&T lose to Cuba in order to qualify for the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Don’t bet on that scenario happening.

No word yet on who will replace Maradiaga for the USA qualifier.

Toure added to Arsenal injury woes

Arsenal will head into this week’s Champions League match riding some momentum after beating Everton, but the Gunners will face Fenerbahce without Kolo Toure, who left the Everton match with a shoulder injury. Toure joins Arsenal captain William Gallas and defender Bacary Sagna on the list of injured Arsenal defenders.

Brazil wins Futsal World Cup

It came down to penalty kicks, but Brazil edged Spain in the Futsal World Cup final on Sunday. The title is the fourth for Brazil.

If you ever wondered what a Futsal penalty shootout might look like, here you go:

What do you think of these stories? Can you see Beckham winding up at Milan on loan? Was Maradiaga smart to leave before Guatemala is officially eliminated from World Cup qualifying next month? Can Arsenal handled Fenerbahce without so many injured defenders?

Share your thoughts on these, and any other stories from the morning, in the comments section below.

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