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Mending fences: David Beckham set for trip to Colorado

Portland Timbers v Los Angeles Galaxy

CARSON, CA - APRIL 14: David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy shoots a nd scores a goal in the second half against the Portland Timbers at The Home Depot Center on April 14, 2012 in Carson, California. The Galaxy won 3-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Whatever David Beckham may have had against Denver, seems that he’s over it.

How should we describe Beckham’s relationship with Colorado’s largest city? Let’s go with “strained.”

Word comes today that No. 23 in the Galaxy shirt is A-OK and planning to make this week’s trip into Colorado. That’s dandy news considering the gnarly back story:

Beckham has made just one trip into Colorado since his arrival in 2007. Some absences hurt more than others; Colorado Rapids fans felt especially stood-up last year.

A crowd of 18,277 showed up at DSG Park knowing Landon Donovan wouldn’t play, but excited about a Beckham sighting. So what a disappointment it was to discover the former English captain had been left off the travel squad – never mind that his name never appeared on the official injury report.

Bummer. Especially considering that some fans received e-mails on that very day, inviting them come out to watch Beckham and the Galaxy.

Denver Post columnist stood up for the locals, taking out a serious whuppin’ stick and going to down:

David Beckham stiffed 18,277 soccer fans in Denver. When his team came to play the Rapids, Beckham was mysteriously absent.

The $32.5 million MLS gimmick did not even bother to send regrets. Perhaps Beckham had a more pressing engagement. I thought the royal wedding was over. Maybe the most overrated soccer player in the world was off shooting a TV commercial.

Where was Beckham? Attending a fashion show in Italy? Why was he an unannounced no-show at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park?

“I know you guys are probably upset about not having Beckham here, but we’re not happy about it, either,” Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena said Saturday, after the Galaxy beat Colorado 3-1. “Did you expect us to march to downtown Denver and just say, ‘Beckham’s not here’ ?”

Well, yeah. The folks of Denver would have appreciated the honesty. It would have been the neighborly thing to do.

And, just maybe, it would have been the professional thing to do, as well.

If pro soccer wants to be taken seriously in America, then it’s going to have to stop acting bush league.

It goes on, but you probably get the idea.

Man, let’s hope Beckham’s back is all put together and traffic isn’t snarled on the way to DSG – otherwise this thing might really get heated.