But "the most important thing right now," says Powers, "more than whether the man actually
laces up his boots and plays, is that he's here"-- that he's come to America that is, and will finish his career here in America. The important thing, rather, is that he's done what he was supposed to
do: put butts in seats and build buzz for the league. To that end, he's still doing his job, amassing large audiences wherever the Galaxy goes, and prompting headlines across the globe about his
merely showing up.
Still, there's no hiding the frustration that everyone -- not just the fans -- feels over his ill-timed injury. "It's disappointing, but it's reality," L.A. coach Frank Yallop said after the 1-0 loss on Sunday, adding that Becks himself feels badly about the situation. Even L.A. captain Landon Donovan couldn't hide his frustration: "We've played 15 [MLS] matches and had him for half an hour." Good crowds and strong buzz are pluses, but losses certainly are not. "The downside is, they're rooting for David, not for us," Donovan added.