Saturday, June 4, 2011

L.A. Galaxy 0, D.C. United 0

Beckham vs DC

A game of missed chances and lost opportunities. United arrived in their third kits, the all-red. The Galaxy threatened early on however it appeared that through and through United was more threatening. 20,036 fans were on hand to witness the match at the Home Depot Center.

Bruce Arena compensated for his missing players by pushing Beckham in centrally to compensate for their depleted roster. Chris Burchall manned the right wing. Beyond a few half chances, the Galaxy was impotent in its attack. Chad Barrett was non-threatening and with Mike Magee on the left flank, the Galaxy were just out of sorts.

Sorely missed was Donovan and with Juan Pablo Angel out for injury, the Galaxy lacked bite. United controlled the play and Josh Wolff seems to be in something of a renaissance as a scoring threat, however on the night he’ll want at least three chances back.

Both Josh Saunders and Bill Hamid picked up shutouts on the night. Josh Saunders did well on several occasions to smother potential chances. Hamid continues to show improvement in the starting role for United.

Mike Magee vs Andy Najar
Charlie Davies returned to the field as well and nearly had a goal. He rounded the LA defense but pushed his shot wide of an empty net. His speed seems to be intact and improving, decision making remains in question. However there is something special about watching Davies play, there’s always something that he’s improving. It would seem that Bradley’s decision to let Davies have the time he needs to find form was a correct one.

All in all it was United who will walk away feeling they should have won; though a road point from LA is nothing to be ashamed of. The black and red are recovering from a dip in form and have gained four points from two road matches. The attack is looking sharper and more potent. United is now 4-4-4 on the season and will play host to the San Jose Earthquakes at RFK Stadium.

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The Galaxy remains atop the Western Conference with a record of 8-2-8. Bruce Arena’s men are in for an interesting few weeks with all the Gold Cup call-ups. One wonders if the Galaxy will be able to hold on with the Sounders, RSL and FC Dallas nipping at their heels. 

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