LA Galaxy Throw Away Lead, Settle for 1-1 Draw With D.C. United

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IApril 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 09: Todd Dunivant #2 of the Los Angeles Galaxy (L) collides with Chris Korb #22 of the D.C. United during the first half at RFK Stadium on April 9, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Well, this sure wasn't the best way to start a three-game road swing.

I mean, you would expect a team like the Los Angeles Galaxy to hold on to a 1-0 lead after nobodies like Mike Magee become somebodies by connecting on the simplest of set pieces from busybodies like David Beckham.

They had the lead for the lion's share of the match and were even a man down. Solid defending, timely dispossession.

And then tragedy struck.

A penalty conceded to D.C. United and here comes Charlie Davies. The new and improved Charlie Davies, fresh out of FC Sochaux on loan, ready for one swing of the foot because some lout didn't stay on his feet in the D.C. attacking third.

Davies can convert penalties in his sleep. In fact, I bet you that if he wins the Budweiser Golden Boot, it's because he was able to convert his penalties, and his penalties constitute a majority of his goals.

Oh, and just so that Abbey Okulaja wants to make things fair, he decides to red card one of the liabilities to the team, namely Jovan Kirovski. Well done, Dr. Okulaja. You have epitomized the opinion that the officiating in Major League Soccer is disgraceful and in need of an overhaul.

Fantastic. And with that said, I don't know if Los Angeles is going to be able to get a result against Toronto next Wednesday.

I loved the mechanics of that set piece from Mike Magee, and Omar Gonzalez's presence has been stellar, and let's not forget about Donovan Ricketts being Donovan Ricketts.

But Los Angeles needed to add to their lead. And this penalty is a tribute to the one thing that has been missing from the Galaxy the past several weeks: the ability to make more chances to score and finish their chances.

In terms of watchability, this was no different than the others I have seen from this team. I doubt they will be a factor in the hardware races to come if they come out to an early 1-0 lead, then pray to the football gods that the time will pass quicker.

You don't go off on a 1-0 lead and call it a night. And no, Landon Donovan didn't need to be at the match, though he could have been useful; who knows, but that can't be used as an excuse.

Play 90 minutes and stoppage time and get more chances to produce. The Galaxy didn't do that. And that allowed Charlie Davies to continue his comeback story and add another goal to his totals. What a waste, Los Angeles.

Here's hoping that another draw isn't in order over at BMO Field.


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