United and Galaxy Shoot Blanks

DC United, and coach Ben Olsen extended their unbeaten streak to five games after a 0-0 tie in the HDC against the league leading LA Galaxy. DC had arguably the better chances on the night, but both sides share the points after a rather desultory affair in the Toolbox.

DC United runs their record to 4-4-4, with merely two less wins than they had all of last season, as they blank the LA Galaxy in the Home Depot Center in Carson California. United had some golden opportunities to snatch away all three points, but couldn’t convert and had to settle for the scoreless draw.

Interestingly, DC United was the aggressor pretty much all night long despite playing rock solid defensively as the road team heading into the league leading team’s den. United exposed LA with some quick counters pretty much from the opening whistle until the very end, but could not finish when it counted, nor could LA capitalize on their relatively sparse chances either.

United, playing in their all red third kits for the very first time again displayed a suffocating defense to squelch out almost anything the Galaxy came up with in terms of offense. Now, neither team was sharp in the final third, but DC certainly came a lot closer to a goal than LA.

In a chess match first half, DC nearly got on the board with a shocking early chance in the 3rd minute. Josh Wolff had burst down the right side behind a scrambling DeLaGarza and launched a wicked cross to Pontius on the far post wide open, but the ball sticks under his foot and he can’t get off a shot until far too late.

In the 25th minute, Najar also exposed that right side with a bullet cross to Wolff just behind DeLaGarza, but again, Wolff just missed the final touch that might have sealed DC’s victory.

In the second half, LA brought on Jovan Kirovski for the injured Juninho (ankle) and immediately the Galaxy assumed control of the game for the next 15 minutes, but none of their opportunities amounted to even a shot on goal, so DC weathered their storm nicely.

Momentum again swung towards DC as they took advantage of some LA mistakes. A long throw in the 63rd minute incredibly bounced its way through the box to Wolff on the back post, but his shot was just shanked wide.

United’s best chance of the evening came a in the 81st minute though as Wolff collected a perfect counter opportunity and sent Davies perfectly in on goal, but after Davies rounded the keeper and Gonzalez, he rushed his shot well wide to squander DC’s best chance of the match.

United’s Andy Najar had a wide angle shot well saved in the 86th minute but the writing was on the wall that this game would end in a tie.

The tie extends DC’s unbeaten streak to 5 games, something they haven’t done since 2008 at least. United’s next match is at home versus the San Jose Earthquakes next weekend.

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