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Match Report: DC 2-1 LA Galaxy

Thoughts

Coming into this game, there was a slight sense of optimism, cautious as it was, but optimism nonetheless. We’ve had a busy transfer week, 3 incomings, 2 of which were available to play last night. Only one made his debut, that was Felipe Martins. Thrown in at the deep end, more so down to injuries and suspension than anything else, he looked good. Didn’t make any obvious mistakes, delivered some good set pieces, consistency needs improving with that, but it was his first game after all. Boateng was an unused substitution, like everyone was last night. Ben Olsen did not make any changes during the game. And looking back on it, I can understand why, no-one looked overly tired, we were winning and had a good flow and we didn’t need to disrupt it. There will be people who disagree with me on that, and I’m happy for you to.

Goals last night came from a route one pass from Hamid, over the top, nodded on by Amarikwa, Segura plays a lofted through ball to Arriola who finished it first time underneath the keeper.

It could have been two at half time but Rodriguez was clearly offside. LA Galaxy equalized within the first few minutes of the 2nd half, and it felt like it was going to go downhill, Alvarez with a very good finish into Hamid’s bottom right corner. Galaxy got the flow going and were attacking our box. Hamid producing some stunning saves throughout the game. One of which came from a Zlatan volley inside the box, and an instinctive save, Bill putting his left arm up and tipping it away, world-class. Hopefully we can keep him once his loan spell has finished.

But after those saves, DC set off on yet another counter attack. Arriola passing it across to Segura, who then has a long range effort, this gets saved by the keeper, falls to Arriola, keepers makes a double save, but then it falls to Rodriguez who side-foots it into the bottom right corner to score the winner.

After that, it was a case of clinging on to the lead. Galaxy were getting more desperate and frustrated as time went on. Amarikwa keeping the ball and drawing fouls, even having efforts on goal after. But it was all sweetly wrapped up and the pure elation was there to see, joyous celebrations, players falling to their knees. You know this was hard fought, you could see the team was so desperate to win this one. The form has been very poor recently, but we managed to find this win, not only against a very good Galaxy side, who have just signed wonderkid Cristian Pavon, but we did it with injuries, suspensions, and most of all, without Wayne Rooney.

Post Match Facts

  • Paul Arriola and Lucas Rodríguez both scored their fifth goals of the season in the 28th and 73rd minutes, respectively. 
  • Quincy Amarikwa recorded his first assist in MLS for the Black-and-Red in the 28th minute.
  • Ulises Segura recorded his second assist of 2019 on the 28th-minute goal.
  • Felipe Martins made his Black-and-Red debut after being acquired on August 6 from the Vancouver Whitecaps.
  • Quincy Amarikwa made his first start since the 0-0 draw against Toronto on May 15.
  • Jalen Robinson made his 25th appearance for the Black-and-Red.
  • D.C. United are now 15-20-11 in club history against Los Angeles.
  • The Black-and-Red are 10-9-5 at home against the Galaxy.  
  • D.C. United recorded their first win at Audi Field since the 1-0 win against Orlando City on June 26.
  • The Black-and-Red are 6-3-5 at Audi Field in 2019.

Lineups

D.C. United lineup: Bill Hamid; Joseph Mora, Steven Birnbaum, Frédéric Brillant, Jalen Robinson; Leonardo Jara, Felipe Martins; Lucas Rodríguez, Paul Arriola, Ulises Segura; Quincy Amarikwa

Unused Substitutes: Chris Seitz, Marquinhos Pedroso, Luciano Acosta, Emmanuel Boateng, Griffin Yow, Gordon Wild, Donovan Pines 

LA Galaxy Lineup: David Bingham, Rolf Feltscher (Julian Araujo, 90), Giancarlo Gonzalez, Daniel Steres, Diego Polenta, Uriel Antuna (Chris Pontius, 84′), Uriel Antuna, Perry Kitchen (Sebastien Lletget, 78′), Favio Alvarez, Jonathan dos Santos, Cristian Pavón, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

Unused Substitutes: Servando Carrasco, Matt Lampson, Jørgen Skjelvik, Dave Romney

Man of the Match

For me it was Bill Hamid, coming up with some absolute vital saves and two world class ones, one in each half. He was fantastic when called upon. The official DC man of the match though goes to…

Credit: DC United Twitter

Up Next

We are on the road this week, and we take our monster trip to Vancouver. Kick off is a brutal 3am BST on Sunday 18th August. Will I be watching, who knows?

Matchday: DC v LA Galaxy

Tonight’s match could well be an epic, firstly it’s a sell-out, secondly it’s being billed as the Wazza vs Zlatan contest. As we know, this is Wayne’s last season in MLS, and every game we should be, as fans, be getting behind the whole team for one last big push to get into the playoffs. Anything less is a failure, winning the Cup is the goal. We’ve not had the best of form to say the least, we’ve had the transfers come in, Kamara not available due to Visa delays, but we’ve got Felipe Martins and Ema Boateng at the ready. Let’s break it down for tonight!

DC United

That game against Philly, seems such a long time ago. It’s amazing what happens in the space of a week. We’ve had the announcement of the Rooney transfer, we’ve had transfer deadline day happen, and all the announcements. What’s going to happen then? Well, for me that is one difficult question now. Team news is that Canouse, Moreno and Durkin are all out. Canouse and Durkin are injured and Moreno is out through suspension. Felipe Martins and Ema Boateng are available after joining the club earlier this week, however Kamara is not.

Normally I’d go into a predicted lineup, but for this week I’m not going to, mainly because I have no idea how this is going to go down, but news is that something major is going to happen according to Pablo Maurer. Nothing more than that however. I do think it’ll be Lucho Acosta sitting out of this one, and I’d imagine Pines will be rested, he hasn’t had his best form the last few games. If Twitter is to be believed, it looks like O’Niel Fisher is back as he tweeted out a few images of him back in the Black & Red jersey. It could be a very interesting lineup.

LA Galaxy

The Galaxy will be facing their 3rd road trip today against us, and so far they’ve not faired well, they are currently on 2 defeats and aggregated 7-0. We all know that means nothing in MLS though as these things can change so quickly. Zlatan returns from suspension for this game and they are without one player, 17 year old Efrain Alvarez. Galaxy have a 9-9-5 record away to DC, so it’s incredibly even between the two sides. This will be their 1st visit to Audi Field. Galaxy currently sit 5th in the Western Conference, and on the road overall they currently have a 4-6-1 record.

Match Prediction

I truly don’t know (like I ever know) how this is going to go down. We’ve come off the back of a hammering, where the dressing room would have been hurt to the max. We have new signings coming into the mix and players out through injury and suspension. We’ve been playing a 3-4-2-1 formation too recently, but I can’t see that continuing. Your guess is as good as mine. Like the lineup prediction, I’m leaving this one out. Probably for the best.

Where to watch

In the USA, it’s on FS1, for us in the UK it’s being broadcast on Sky Sports Football & Main Event.

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