Saturday, June 4, 2011

DC United Ties Galaxy

Last night the Los Angeles Galaxy extended its streak of unbeaten games to seven, but were only able to do so after a 0 - 0 tied outcome against visiting side DC United.  Astonishingly, this result brings DC United up to third place in the MLS Eastern Conference standings (4-4-4 on the season), despite having only won four matches outright so far this season.

Although the legendary David Beckham started last night for the Galaxy, team playmaker Landon Donovan (AKA 'Captain America') was absent for national team duty.  His absence was obvious, as an otherwise over-manned DC United made a match of it.  United striker Charlie Davies nearly won it outright for United in the 81st when he completely outflanked Galaxy Keeper Josh Saunders, but then proceeded to miss a wide open goal to the right, leaving the score tied.  The missed shot probably cost United three points for the win, but a tied score on an away match against David Beckham and the Galaxy is a good result on any day.

After the match, Davies commented on his missed shot. "It's unfortunate. I think we should have left with three points tonight," Davies said. "On another day, I finish that chance and we're leaving here 1-0."  On the other side of the pitch, former DC United Coach Bruice Arena agreed with Davie's assessment, saying of the Galaxy's performance, "We just did not have a good performance as a team.  The fact that we got a point out of this was maybe a miracle."

DC United's next outing is against the San Jose Earthquakes at home in RFK Stadium, Saturday June 11.