Galaxy-D.C. United post-game

i-4df0b2afc262454753ff1d854abd0577-becksld.jpgDavid Beckham may be front and center in this picture, but it was Landon Donovan, behind him, who stole the show tonight (AP Photo).

Game story.

MLS standings.

Galaxy fans will have the unusual experience of cheering on Chivas USA against the Kansas City Wizards Sunday at Home Depot Center. A Goats win puts the Galaxy in the playoffs.

I asked Coach Bruce Arena in the post-game press conference whether he believed the Galaxy deserved the victory. Arena, after calling the question “ridiculous” (thanks, Bruce) said he believed they did.

Landon Donovan wasn’t as sure:

“To be honest, after the way we played, if we’d gotten a point I would have been ecstatic and to win the game was pretty remarkable, but we’ll take it.

“We didn’t play well tonight. I don’t know what the deal was. I don’t know why – I wish I had an answer for it. We didn’t compete like we did the last few weeks. We didn’t pass the ball well. Our final decisions in front of the goal was poor. We had a bunch of really not good performances. We were fortunate to get something out of the game.”

Ah ha! (So there, Bruce).

Quotable:

“We’ve done OK, guys, and it hasn’t been perfect, I know that,” said Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena in the post-game press conference. “We’ve kept our heads above water.”

Arena believes the Galaxy must win four of their last five games to win the Supporter’s Shield.

Notable: I didn’t really notice Yohance Marshall making his MLS debut in central defense. And that’s a good thing. He had been on loan with the Austin Aztex, appearing in 24 games. He was recalled by the Galaxy Monday, presumably after Arena had reflected on Leonardo’s performance last week.

Galaxy lineup: Donovan Ricketts; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Yohance Marshall, Todd Dunivant; Dema Kovalenko, Landon Donovan, Juninho (Tristan Bowen 78′), Alex Cazumba (Eddie Lewis 63′); Jovan Kirovski (David Beckham 53′), Edson Buddle

Highlights:

Next for the Galaxy: Against the New York Red Bulls Friday at Home Depot Center – Rafa Marquez, Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel et al. Arguably the biggest MLS game of the year so far and perhaps one of the most significant in league history.

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  • LImey

    A lot happened in last nights game, it was in some ways surreal. First, you are wondering what happened to the team you watched last week, the team that completely neutralized on eof the best teams in MLS. Why was Dema so much less effective, why could Juninho not connect a pass when last week he could not miss? Jovan looked off his game and frustrated he could not play like he did last week.

    A few things did not change though still no Lando, the guy that energized Everton in the EPL and inspired the USA in the World Cup, was still there in body only showing only glimpse of what he is capable of. The other Donavan, Ricketts was his Im so spectacular, OOPS self. And there was of course still the Beckham on the bench show, which I must say is curiously entertaining.

    Then comes the substitution, no not Beckham, Lewis. Eddied played like soccer was a drug and he needed a fix, he inspired and resurrected last weeks team and last seasons Landon Donavan. In my mind Eddie was the guy that spirited that victory, he was incredible.

    Props to Yohance, he looked very good and seemed to have a good understanding with Omar. Props to Alex for trying, he never gave up. Props to Ricketts for two great second half save, damn when hes good, hes really good.

    And a big, big thank you to however ticked off Lando, he was stunning in that last ten minutes. His run almost the length of the field to place that exquisite header over the keeper was extraordinary, one of the best goal of his career. Welcome back Landon weve missed you.

    By the way, did we really win that game last night?

  • Studs Up

    The problem with LA last night was DC. Hats off to them for their great effort. Sure looked like 11 Ben Olsons out there. DC should retain Olson. I believed him when he said the team was devastated after the loss, you could see it in his face. They played very well and with a bit more luck would have won. Najar is a star already, what a find. Not too many players like him in MLS. Pablo Hernandez looked great. Looked out when Boskovic finds his way with them.

    As for LA, they lost the game in the middle. Dema did not look upfield all night. I thought I was watching Passback Pete all over agin. Landon, Juninho and Alex were all off as well. Jovan was pissed off because they game was being lost and he dropped deep in midfield to help out. But as outplayed as they were, they could have scored on DC had Alex taken his couple of opportunities earlier and Sean Franklin been able to deliver ONE effective cross from his numerous trips upfield. Marshall did well in his first start.

    Landon did get the glory at the end, but Beckham was the spark that ignited the team. Great come back.

    Now I worry about the defense next Friday against the Red Bulls with Omar out becuase of his 5th yellow.

    Back to DC, Bradley should call up Quaranta for the upcoming internationals. He has earned it.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Studs Up, you might say that I’m more stupid than Bruce (and you probably will) but I really don’t see where D.C. United played well. Granted, Zeyner had a good game frustrating Donovan (who is showing his old habit of zoning in and out of games), Najar demonstrated some nice flair and speed and Perkins made a couple of nice saves. Other than that, the Galaxy was self-destructive until Donovan decided to force the issue.

    Beckham sparked the team? How, since I don’t remember him playing a role in either of the two goals? A couple of his long balls reminded me of 2007 and 2008, when he would launch exquisite balls to players who couldn’t handle them.

    The only Galaxy player who played consistently well was Gonzalez. He looked like the only player who knew what he was doing. The yellow card was ticky-tack, especially coming from a referee who let a lot more serious stuff go.

  • Studs Up

    I agree, you ARE soccer stupid. Curling anyone!

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Well, Studs Up, since you’re so smart, perhaps you can tell me specifically what is wrong with my analysis.

  • Pedro

    So relieved to get the win. I would have been more than happy to get the draw, but LD pulled 2 out of his hat.

    RE: the supporters shield, I think it’s great that Arena commented on it. There really needs to be recognition for coming in first over a season’s worth of games. But what do the teams and players get for winning it? Bupkus. It’s really too bad.

  • Studs Up

    What analysis?