D.C. United set a club record with it’s 11th draw of the season in last nights 0-0 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of a season high 22,000 plus at soggy and humid RFK Stadium. While the defensive effort was a massive improvement over performances from the last two months, the offensive now all of a sudden is missing in action. That’s not entirely the truth however as United did actually score and yet again was wrongly denied a goal by an incorrect offside decision. United has already had three apologies from league officials on separate occasions this season when decisions made by officials have gone against the Black and Red and there is no reason to believe a fourth apology is forthcoming later this week.
In the eight minute Luciano Emilio timed a run beautifully and snapped a shot past Los Angeles goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts for an apparent 1-0 lead. However the far side assistant referee had his flag raised for offside. Subsequent replays showed that Emilio had at least two Galaxy defenders keeping him onside when Fred clipped the ball over the defense for his fellow Brazilian to latch onto. To United’s credit however they didn’t let it affect their play and remained resolute in their defending and allowed the Galaxy only a few dangerous chances throughout the entire match to gain the valuable shutout. United did have another bone of contention in the 67th minute when it appeared that Galaxy defender shoved Emilio to the ground in the penalty area. Referee Mark Geiger waved the play away but again replays showed no effort from the Galaxy defender to play the ball while Emilio had made a nice chest trap move to avoid the Galaxy player and he was shoved to the ground for his efforts.
At the end of the day this was a match that United sorely needed three points from and only garnering one point is hurting the squad right now. United remains just a single point out of the eighth and final playoff spot, thanks to Toronto’s 2-0 loss in Los Angeles to Chivas USA. However, a New England home victory tonight over Real Salt Lake could push United to 10th place overall. Conversely, should RSL take the points, they too would move a point above United in the playoff chase.
United will now direct their attention to their Wednesday evening CONCACAF Champions League match with Toluca of Mexico at RFK. After that United has to go on the road yet again and face the Chicago Fire. The good news there is that United actually won both of their road matches at Toyota Park last season.
– Head coach Tom Soehn was not on the sidelines tonight and was tested for the H1N1 virus after coming to work on Friday very ill. Chad Ashton and Mark Simpson took over the coaching duties with Ashton meeting the media afterwards.
– Danny Szetela has managed to find himself in the doghouse in record time. No details were given of his indiscretion.
– David Habarugira didn’t make the final 18 last night and not suprisingly defender Greg Janicki was left off as well.
– Boyzzz Khumalo has had complications from his wrist surgery and is apparently out for another four weeks of recovery.