World Cup 2010 EXCLUSIVE: Donovan And Beckham To Place "Friendly Wager"?

U.S. international Landon Donovan suggests raising the ante with his LA Galaxy teammate David Beckham when their two sides meet at next year’s 2010 World Cup.
The Los Angeles Galaxy’s two most famous players, USA international Landon Donovan and England midfielder David Beckham, have had a wild year, to say the least. What with the controversy and alleged animosity in a tell-all book released in the summer, followed by a patched-up relationship and then a sparkling run to the MLS Cup final.

But with the USA and England being drawn together in Group C of the 2010 World Cup, the rivalry between the two teammates is set to ramp up. (This is providing Becks gets the call, of course.)

While Beckham was in Cape Town participating in the draw, Donovan was at the Nike Soccer Shop in New York City when he learned the Americans would open their campaign against Beckham’s England on June 12, 2010.

"It will be a great game to start off with," Donovan told "“I haven’t talked to [Beckham] yet, but I’m sure we’ll be texting and maybe even place a friendly wager."

The pair have grown relatively closer with the Galaxy’s success this year in MLS: they linked up for more than a few goals during a dramatic run through the playoffs. Now, however, they will face off against each other.

"I’m looking forward to seeing him on the pitch," Donovan said. "It should be a good time."

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