Early mistake sets tone in heavy defeat in Los Angeles

The euphoria from D.C. United’s 3-0 win at Sporting Kansas City lasted exactly 103 hours and 9 seconds.

Bobby Boswell’s awful turnover just 69 seconds into the match fueled a 4-1 victory for the Los Angeles Galaxy last night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

With three points already banked last Saturday night, head coach Ben Olsen made numerous changes to his lineup with a view to their Eastern Conference matchup at home against New York Red Bull on Sunday afternoon.

The changes in the lineup underscored United’s depth issues as they were no match from the jump. United certainly could have played a much cleaner match but the team was plagued with bad unforced errors all night long which was no more evident than Boswell’s gaffe just over a minute from the start.

United also gave up another corner kick score when Omar Gonzales scored midway through the first half and then to add to their misery the Black-and-Red gave up a 26-pass sequence at the end of the half that resulted in a Baggio Husidic goal just before halftime.

United did manage to get on the scoreboard however in the 58th minute when Alex Caskey’s cross was sent into the box and Eddie Johnson’s run proved distracting enough that the ball ended up getting past goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. Although it appeared on replay that Johnson didn’t touch the ball, he was credited with his fifth goal of the season.

Sensing an opportunity to make a miracle comeback, Olsen brought Fabian Espindola and Nick DeLeon on but the Galaxy extended their lead in the 75th minute on what appeared to be a very soft penalty on Steve Birnbaum. Landon Donovan stepped up and put away the spot kick to reestablish their three-goal lead.

With the lopsided scoreline, the Galaxy easily saw out the remainder of the match with no issues. United now will turn their attention to a key home match on Sunday afternoon against bitter rivals New York Red Bulls.

 

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