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
”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
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
”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
Galaxy midfielder Juninho sprained his left ankle in the first
half and didn’t return for the second half.