Friday football: Waiting for the weekend

*David Beckham is scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. today on NBC as a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Bet she won’t ask him about the latest and most plausible transfer rumor involving him so far: Despite interest from QPR and Spurs, Beckham has said he doesn’t want to play for any other EPL club except Manchester United and they’re not interested in his return. But this latest rumor includes a former coach and a place that is a short train ride beneath the English Channel for a brand, um, soccer player interested in representing his country at the 2012 Olympics in London:

LONDON (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain has become the latest team to express an interest in signing David Beckham when his MLS contract with the Galaxy expires in November.

PSG sporting director Leonardo worked with Beckham when the former England captain had a second loan to AC Milan last year.

Leonardo tells the BBC “the door is open. He is more than a football player — he’s a brand, a pop star. I would always consider him.” PSG has recently been taken over by wealthy Qatari backers and reportedly spent a club-record $60 million to sign Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore in August.

Premier League clubs Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers have already said they would like to sign the 36-year-old Beckham.

*The first place Galaxy play the last place Vancouver Whitecaps at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Carson (delayed until 10:30 p.m. on Fox Sports West).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau a major milestone will fall at Home Depot Center this weekend: When the Galaxy host Vancouver the game will be the 241st regular-season MLS game in Carson, surpassing Washington’s RFK Stadium for the highest number of games at any venue (remember, the HDC has two MLS teams playing there and RFK only one; RFK has hosted MLS games since 1996 and the HDC only opened in 2003).

Other random HDC factoids: Landon Donovan has played more regular-season league matches there than any other MLS player (93), has scored more goals there (53) than the next two players combined: former Galaxy forward Edson Buddle (28) and now-retired Chivas USA striker Ante Razov (24), while former Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has kept the most clean sheets at the venue (19).

*Chivas USA are on the road against the Chicago Fire in a 1 p.m. (live on Telefutura) game that is a six-pointer for two clubs in danger of missing the playoffs.

With six games left not only are Chivas USA in danger of missing the post-season again, with a 7-11-10 record so far, it’s possible they could finish with a worse record than the 8-18-4 mark that got Martin Vasquez fired as coach last season.

How bad are Chivas USA?

Chivas USA has lost and been shutout in the last three games – their longest losing streak of the season – and haven’t scored in 274 minutes.

*Two South Bay players – North (Torrance) High product Ryan Oster (South Bay Force FC/Cal State Dominguez Hills and Caio Gesuald (North High) – have been selected by U.S. Futsal National Team Coach Keith Tozer to participate in a training camp that starts Sept. 24 at Torrance’s South Coast Soccer City ahead of a tournament in Brazil.

*The college game of the weekend: No. 16 UCLA (2-2-1) hosting No. 6/9 UC Santa Barbara (4-0-1) tonight at 7 o’clock at Drake Stadium.

*For those who prefer the comfort of their couch, crisis club Arsenal plays winless Blackburn Rovers at 4:30 a.m. on ESPN2, winless Norwich City plays Bolton Wanderers at 9 a.m. on Fox Soccer Channel and Chelsea visits Manchester United in a delayed game on Fox at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (it’s also live on FSC at 8 a.m.) in a bid to convert pointy-ball football fans to the real thing.

Click the link at top right for a complete run-down of all games this weekend.

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