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CARSON -- Despite having the swine flu, Los Angeles Galaxy star forward Landon Donovan played during Saturday's 2-0 loss against the Seattle Sounders at the Home Depot Center.

Donovan, who played in the second half of the match, during which three players were ejected, including David Beckham.

Beckham received the first red card of his three-season Major League Soccer career when he kicked former teammate Peter Vegenas while both were going for the ball. Under MLS rules, Beckham will be suspended for the Galaxy's next game, scheduled for Wednesday against the Chicago Fire.

Donovan is believed to have contracted the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, from a team administrator and chiropractor who came down with it during last Saturday's game against the New England Revolution in Foxborough, Mass., according to Galaxy coach-general manager Bruce Arena.

Arena said Donovan was past the infectious stage and was at the "tail end" of the illness. Donovan continues to experience mild symptoms, and is expected to be fine within a couple of days.

"There's no issues with our team or anything else," Arena told reporters.

Donovan is believed to be the first high-profile athlete to test positive for the H1N1 virus.

Donovan said he was feeling slightly ill when he traveled with the U.S. National Team to Mexico City for a World Cup qualifying match. Still, Donovan played all 90 minutes of Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Mexico.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has recommended that players or coaches who may have been in contact with Donovan take a course of Tamiflu as a preventative measure.

The organization's said individuals who didn't experience close contact with Donovan, such as journalists, fans or opposing players, do not need to take any preventative measures.

No other member of the U.S. team delegation has presented with any symptoms of the virus. The U.S. soccer medical staff will continue to monitor the situation and follow CDC recommendations.

Donovan had two goals and an assist in three Major League Soccer games in July and was named as the league's player of the month.

He's tied for third in goal-scoring with nine in 15 games.