DALLAS – David Beckham’s left ankle kept him sidelined Tuesday from the Los Angeles Galaxy’s game against FC Dallas in the SuperLiga tournament, but the injury hasn’t hurt Major League Soccer’s bottom line.

Like nearly all of the Galaxy’s road games through the end of this season, this match was sold out, an MLS rarity in the pre-Beckham era. . .

“As much as we are benefiting, there are markets across the country that are benefiting,” said Alexi Lalas, the Galaxy’s president and general manager. “This is a win-win situation for everybody.”

Except for fans. Word of Beckham’s no-show came too late to affect ticket sales in Dallas.

The stadium was about two-thirds full, and fans expressed frustration with Beckham’s nonappearance.

“My daughter has a broken ankle and she sat in the car and made it up here for the game,” said Jane Kobren, who drove more than 220 miles from Austin with her family.

Preston Sledge, who brought his son and a friend of his son’s to the game, said they bought tickets because Beckham was expected to play.

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Last Updated on August 2, 2007