U.S. and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan is making his debut in the Europa League today, as his loan side Everton hosts Sporting Lisbon, while Donovan’s Galaxy teammate David Beckham, who is on loan to AC Milan, will have a nostalgic Champions League encounter this afternoon with Manchester United—site of his apprenticeship, his prime, and his infamous shoe-dodging episode.
Beckham did not feature in Milan’s last game, a 3-2 win over Udinese, so he should be rested and ready for this one, which is the marquee matchup in a slate of Round of 16 Champions League games, including Lyon v Real Madrid, Bayern Munich v Fiorentina, and FC Porto v Arsenal.
Check out this Sky News report on Beckham’s feelings about the prospect of playing his old team. [Spoiler: He says he won’t celebrate if he scores. Really? C’mon David. Lighten up.]
The AC Milan-Man U tilt is on Fox Sports Net live at 2:30 p.m. EST, with a re-broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel at 5:00.
Everton-Sporting Lisbon is under way now, on DirecTV channel 462 (it started at 12:30).