Can Somebody Pick Up David Beckham's Mail?

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    David Beckham returns the love.

    David Beckham is going to be out of town for a while.

    The Los Angeles Galaxy Monday completed an agreement to loan Beckham to Italy's AC Milan, leaving the Major League Soccer team  without the midfielder until after the 2010 World Cup.

    Terms of the loan were not announced.

    Beckham will remain with the Galaxy through the 2009 MLS playoffs and  its postseason tour of Germany.

    Beckham will officially join AC Milan on Dec. 28, remaining with the  Serie A club throughout its season which ends on May 16. Beckham will re-join  the Galaxy when the summer transfer window opens in July and England completes  its play in the World Cup, scheduled to conclude July 11 in South Africa.

    "I need to give myself the best chance possible to make the World Cup  squad, and playing for Milan on loan will help me to do that," Beckham said in  a statement. "I genuinely enjoyed my time at Milan and I look forward to  meeting the players and staff again."

    Beckham said he was "thankful to Tim Leiweke and Bruce Arena for  allowing me this opportunity," referring to the president and chief executive  officer of AEG, the sports and entertainment presenter which owns the Galaxy,  and the team's coach and general manager.

    "I'm committed to L.A. Galaxy and MLS in the long term and remain as  passionate as ever about growing the game of soccer in America," he said. "I'm completely focused on ending this season on a high note with my club by  winning the MLS Cup."

    The loan agreement means Beckham will miss the start of the MLS season  for the second consecutive year. He drew boos nearly every time he touched the  ball July 19 in his first game in Southern California this year, after missing  the Galaxy's first 17 games of the 30-game MLS season as he played for AC  Milan.

    Beckham had two goals and three assists in 11 games for the Galaxy this  season. He did not figure in the scoring in a 2-2 tie with Chivas USA on Sunday  in the opening game of Western Conference semifinal playoff series at The Home  Depot Center.

    The two-game, total-goals series concludes next Sunday at the Carson venue.