English football icon David Beckham and Landon Donovan worked out in their first practice of the season together on Monday, both saying their war of words is behind them as they settle down to focus on football.
Beckham said he and Donovan had a good talk before he rejoined the Los Angeles Galaxy for his first workout as the English midfielder prepares for his return to Major League Soccer on Thursday against the New York Red Bulls.
Galaxy boss Bruce Arena, who formerly coached Donovan with the US national team, was also involved in the conversation, which came after Donovan criticised Beckham in comments from a book about Beckham's US experiences that will be published on Tuesday. "I'm not going to talk about what was said," Beckham said. "That was between me, Landon and the manager."
Beckham had criticized Donovan at a public appearance on Saturday as "unprofessional" for going public with his problems before speaking to him. "I said the other day everything that was needed to say," said Beckham.
Donovan had already said he had regrets for not speaking with Beckham first and repeated that sentiment on Monday. "We're getting past it. We're moving on," Donovan said. "There are a lot of things I regret. I regret the way that I went about this process and I also regret some of the things I said."
Beckham went on loan to AC Milan for five months of last season and will meet his former Italian side here on Sunday in an exhibition match.