Recap: Old rivals Galaxy, United battle to 0-0 draw

LA, DC fail to do harm, keep respective unbeaten runs intact

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Photo Credit: 
Robert Mora / LA Galaxy

CARSON, Calif. – Without Landon Donovan, the LA Galaxy’s attack
sputtered and struggled to generate chances and tied D.C. United 0-0 at
The Home Depot Center on Friday.

D.C. United controlled possession for the majority of the match and
had the better of opportunities but faulty finishing kept the match
scoreless.

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The Galaxy made do without three key players. Donovan and Donovan
Ricketts
are off on international duty, preparing for the Gold Cup which
starts on Sunday. Juan Pablo Ángel, meanwhile, was a late scratch
because of a calf injury and did not dress for the match.

Miguel López and Chad Barrett paired up top together while the
midfield consisted of David Beckham, Juninho, Mike Magee and Chris
Birchall
.

Still, the midfield lacked Donovan’s creativity and offensive
firepower. D.C. United had the better of play in the first 45 minutes,
coming close to breaking through on a pair of occasions, including a
chance in the 25th minute that went just side of the post. Andy Najar
controlled a long ball in the Galaxy's 18 and sent a pass of his own
across the goal that Josh Wolff just failed to capitalize on. WATCH

The Galaxy could only counter with a pair of crosses to Barrett, but
the forward was unable to do anything with the passes that came in from
the flanks.

The Galaxy made several chances in the second half as Jovan Kirovski
and Paolo Cardozo replaced Juninho and López, respectively.

Meanwhile, DC continued to maintain pressure on the Galaxy’s
backline. In the 63rd minute, Wolff had a clear opportunity in front of
the goal as a ball fell to him on the edge of the six-yard box. The
veteran striker however, took a second or two to fire a shot on goal and
let Josh Saunders off the hook by hitting the outside of the net. WATCH

Charlie Davies, making his return from a hamstring injury, nearly
bagged the go-ahead goal in the 81st minute. After racing past Omar
Gonzalez, the speedster evaded Saunders and pushed a shot towards the
goal. However, Davies was off-balance and falling over when he fired off
his attempt and wound up pushing it wide of the goal. WATCH

The Galaxy move to 8-2-6, still atop the Western Conference
standings. Their homestand continues next Saturday when they host
Toronto FC for Noche Latina. United, meanwhile move to 4-4-4 on the season and host San
Jose next weekend at RFK Stadium in DC.

Scoring Summary:
None

Misconduct Summary:
Fred - caution 6'
Omar Gonzalez - caution
42'
Ethan White - caution 65'

Lineups:
D.C. United -- Hamid; Korb, Kitchen, White, Woolard; Najar,
Simms, Fred (King 61'), Pontius; Wolff (Ngwenya 88'), Brettschneider (Davies
67')
Unused substitutes: Shanosky, Brasesco, Barklage, Willis

LA Galaxy -- Saunders; Dunivant, DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Franklin; Juninho
(Kirovski 46'), Beckham, Birchall, Magee; Barrett (Cristman 82'), Lopez (Cardozo
68')
Unused substitutes: Perk, Berhalter, Hejduk,
Stephens
Boxscore

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistants: Daniel Belleau; Mike
Rottersman
4th official: Drew Fischer
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 62
degrees
Attendance: 20,036