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David Beckham to rejoin Galaxy on Thursday after team ends Arizona camp on winning note

February 22, 2011 |  8:16 pm

Coach Bruce Arena and his Galaxy team return home to Southern California on Wednesday apparently having accomplished what needed to be accomplished during a rain-interrupted 10-day training camp in Arizona.

On Tuesday, the Galaxy shut out the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, for the second time in as many days. On Monday, it was goals by  Chris Birchall and Juan Pablo Angel that undid the Whitecaps. Twenty-four hours later, Adam Cristman and Chad Barrett scored in another 2-0 win.

The Galaxy opens the Major League Soccer season March 15 against the Sounders in Seattle. On Thursday, less than three weeks before the season starts, David Beckham will rejoin the team after ending his training spell with Tottenham Hotspur in England.

It might not be the last the Spurs see of the wandering midfielder.

"He's been great to have around the place and he's just a top-class bloke, a proper good lad," Tottenham Coach Harry Redknapp said of Beckham, whose MLS contract ends this year. "He's welcome back any time.

"I think he would have brought something to the team if we could have got him on loan. But who knows? It's not impossible that he may be back here in the future. He can still play, he can still pick a pass out."

--Grahame L. Jones

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