Colorado Rapids officials and fans and local media railed against the Galaxy and head coach Bruce Arena after David Beckham missed last week's Major League Soccer encounter in suburban Denver because of back spasms he'd been dealing with for five days.
L.A.'s crime: He wasn't on the league's injury report.
The league agreed, and the club was fined $5,000 Friday when it was “determined that the Galaxy deliberately omitted David Beckham’s name from their injury report despite knowing that he would miss the game because of back spasms,” MLS said in a statement.
Clubs must submit an injury report twice each week -- they are posted on the league's website Tuesdays and Fridays -- and they are required to be as “accurate as possible.”
Beckham reported two days before the Rapids game that he'd suffered back spasms after a training session two days earlier and that he thought he'd be ready to go by gametime. Arena told media after the match that Beckham had been unable to train last Friday, and the decision was then made to leave him in L.A.
The Galaxy won the game, 3-1.
Beckham was listed as “questionable” on Tuesday's injury report and is considered unlikely to play in Saturday afternoon's game at San Jose.