Saturday, August 22, 2009

Galaxy Get 0-0 Draw With D.C.; Finish Two-Game Road Trip With Four Of Six Possible Points

LA Galaxy 0, D.C. United 0
Saturday, August 22, 2009
RFK Stadium — Washington D.C.

Scoring Summary:

Misconduct Summary:
DC – Ben Olsen (Yellow Card) 10’
LA – Landon Donovan (Yellow Card) 31’
LA – Mike Magee (Yellow Card) 54’
DC – Rodney Wallace (Yellow Card) 68’

LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Stefani Miglioranzi, Eddie Lewis (Bryan Jordan 85’), Landon Donovan©, David Beckham, Mike Magee (Alan Gordon 60’), Jovan Kirovski (Chris Klein 65’).

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Leonard Griffin, Tony Sanneh, Chris Birchall.

D.C. United: Josh Wicks, Marc Burch, Dejan Jakovic, Bryan Namoff, Ben Olsen© (Chris Pontius 69’), Clyde Simms, Rodney Wallace, Fred (Andrew Jacobson 84’), Christian Gomez (Jaime Moreno 51’), Santino Quaranta, Luciano Emilio.

Subs Not Used: Milos Kocic, Julius James, Avery John, Devon McTavish.

• With the draw, the Galaxy are now 8-4-11 on the season, giving them 35 points. LA remains in second place in the Western Conference, three points ahead of third place Seattle and four points behind first place Houston, who are tied for the MLS lead with 39 points on the season.
• Bruce Arena made two changes to the team that beat Chicago 2-0 at Toyota Park on Wednesday night. David Beckham and Eddie Lewis each returned to the team after missing the previous game through suspension. They replaced Chris Birchall and Dema Kovalenko.
• Kovalenko did not dress for the game because of a right heel injury.
• In addition to Kovalenko, the Galaxy were without four players, with Edson Buddle, Alecko Eskandarian, Sean Franklin, and Julian Valentin all missing the game through injury.
• Donovan Ricketts made three saves to record his second consecutive clean sheet. Fourth of the season.
• Chris Klein entered the game in the 65th minute, replacing Jovan Kirovski, stretching his MLS record consecutive games played streak to 138.
• The Galaxy are now 6-0-5 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including a 4-0-2 mark on the road.
• The attendance for today’s game was 22,134.
• The Galaxy are back in action on Saturday, August 29 when they return to The Home Depot Center for the final leg of the Honda SuperClasico against Chivas USA. That game can be seen live on ESPN2 starting at 8 p.m. (PT).
• For more about tonight’s game, please visit


MEG said...

Hi Anonymous aka Nicky Becks. Are you feeling a little better now? I understand, I am too! He looked gorgeous today didn't he? Rain soaked ,uuuuhm!
Hi Charles, Can't wait for your review (or should I find a previous post and just do a copy/paste). By the way don't use the words AYSO and coaches in the same sentence again. Luv U Becks!

Anonymous said...

The Great Escape

What a poor performance and a lucky result. DC goal was never offside.

Anonymous said...

Meggy Moo,

I'm not very happy but thanks for asking. Your Galaxy players couldn't make my Becksy Boo shine in the Capital with missing his caressing passes or putting him in jeapardy with hospital balls. He just makes my heart sing with those long long passes. And yes the wet look is him.

Love.....Nicky Noo

charlesj27 said...

Good to hear from ya! I'll make my assessment as short and to the point as I can (I hope).
1) Glad, that LA Galaxy did not lose the game. I thought DC United had much more control of the ball through the midfield and more dangerous into the shooting third.
2) Sir Don, thank you, thank you, thank you for another solid game.
3) I thought David's effort was superb tonight. Thanks again to our reliable back four plus holding mid.
4) I know it was very humid, and pouring rain, and we didn't have two of our best forwards. But, our transition out of the middle (whether from a counter-attack or thru runs of our own) were... ummm... sad/stale/disjointed.
5) Again, we didn't lose - and escaped from there with yet another tie. So, I should be happy.
Shutting up now.

Anonymous said...

"I thought David's effort was superb tonight"

I'm not Meg but:

What the heck were you watching? Beckham was mostly crap save for a couple of decent crosses. Couldn't even come close to controling the middle. He was crap, Donovan was crap, Lewis was crap, Stephany is Stephani. Only player making any positive impression last night was Omar.
The Magee/Kirovski duet is crap.

Should have lost the game so I'm embarrassed but happy with the point.

Anonymous said...

c27, congrats. You have earned your first stripe for sticking to your take on the game and not laying out the practice for the next week.

Anonymous said...

Charles I agree with your assessment of the game. We looked a little tired and although it may have been the humidity, that is not an excuse. We need to come to all the games with the same determination that we had in Chicago. The race is getting very tight and we need to get to the playoffs.