Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy will be attempting
to bounce back from a loss when the club travels to RFK Stadium to take on
struggling D.C. United on Saturday.
The Galaxy saw a three-game winning streak halted with a 1-0 home defeat
against Colorado last weekend, but Bruce Arena's team will be pleased to see
United lining up on the opposite side of the field on Saturday.
A 1-0 defeat at Chivas USA officially ended United's playoff hopes, making Ben
Olsen's side the first to be bounced from playoff contention.
The loss to Chivas extended the team's road winless streak to 14 games, and it
was only more of the same for United in what has been an incredibly
"It's not the result we wanted. It seems like we keep on repeating our
mistakes and it's something we need to change," said D.C. midfielder Chris
Pontius after the loss at Chivas. "We're going to keep on losing games if we
keep on making the same mistakes."
At this point in the season United is basically playing to prepare for its
U.S. Open Cup final with Real Salt Lake on Oct. 1, but the Galaxy is being
careful not to overlook a team that has claimed only one point from its last
"Without a doubt this is a good team," Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant said of
United. "The results haven't shown it. They have good players who will hurt
you if you give them a chance. There's no pressure on them, and they can come
out free and easy and play aggressive.
"Anyone who's been in this league knows how difficult it is to win on any
given day, no matter if you're playing the best team in the league or the team
at the bottom of the table. We're not fooled by D.C.'s record. I think right
away we're setting the tone this week that it's going to be a tough 90
minutes, and we have to be prepared for that."
The Galaxy enters the weekend three points back of second-place Seattle, and
the team would love another three points on Saturday to keep the pressure on
But with just three points separating Los Angeles from sixth-place FC Dallas,
it is three points the Galaxy must have in order to keep hold of its place in
a tight conference race.
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