United 0, Galaxy 0

The Los Angeles Galaxy played a scoreless draw with D.C. United

on Friday night to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games and

their shutout string to four matches and 411 minutes.

”We just did not have a good performance as a team,” Galaxy

coach Bruce Arena said. ”The fact that we got a point out of this

was maybe a miracle.”

The Galaxy (8-2-6) played without scoring star Landon Donovan,

away on U.S. national team duty. Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts

and D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic also had international

obligations.

”We have to forget this performance. It was a disappointing,

flat performance,” Galaxy midfielder David Beckham said. ”No

matter who was not playing, who was playing, we’re better than

that.”

D.C. United (4-4-4) is 2-0-3 in its last five games.

Charlie Davies nearly put United ahead in the 81st minute.

Davies made his way behind the defense and dribbled around

goalkeeper Josh Saunders, but an off-balance shot at an open net

soared wide right.

”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.”

Davies returned after missed two weeks of action because of a

strained hamstring. It was a minor setback in his comeback from a

2009 car accident that left him severely injured.

Davies said he received a huge boost of confidence last week

thanks to a phone call from U.S. coach Bob Bradley, informing him

that we was considered for a roster spot for the upcoming CONCACAF

Gold Cup.

”After having a conversation like that, it only gives me more

of a boost, more determination to get back,” said Davies, who had

16 caps with the U.S. squad. ”And I know I’m that close. Which

makes it even sweeter, to know that if I put in that little extra

work I’m going to get there.

”That’s my second family. I’m not going to feel good until I

get back.”

Galaxy midfielder Juninho sprained his left ankle in the first

half and didn’t return for the second half.