Sunday, April 30, 2006

MLS Report
DC United 1 - FC Dallas 1

DC United hosted FC Dallas last night at RFK stadium, both teams sitting atop their conferences with 10 points and 3-0-1 records. United struck first in the 17th minute with a left footed strike by USA National team hopefull Ben Olsen to take a 1-0 lead. later in the first half, Ronnie O'Brien tied it up with a long ranged shot that beat Perkins in the 41st minute. After scoring his goal, O'Brien ran over to midfield and with the rest of his team, they all danced in front of Bara Brava and the Screaming Eagles. The second half of the match was more of a chess match, with a Bobby Boswell 62nd minute goal being disallowed for a phantom off-sides call, (at least from where I was sitting, Section 234, it looked like a phantom off-sides call), and the match ended up as a draw.

United looked very strong in defence as well as controlling the midfield. Dallas' defense is what kept them in the match and without them, they would have gone down 3-0 at least. United is next on the road this Saturday to play the Colorado Rapids, which is a 9:30pm match. FC Dallas next play at new in-state rival, Houston Dynamo.

One confused Galaxy

Thanks to the very nice people at Fado, I was able to catch the ESPN2 MLS Soccer Saturday match between the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. LA won 3-2, however the match was much more than just the scoreline showed. Landon Donovan saved his club from the embarasment of losing to the worst club in the league. For the most part of this match, I felt that the Galaxy looked confuse and were very unsteady on defense.

Jason Kreis opened up the scoring in the 6th minute with a very clean goal off a cross from Andy Williams. Donovan then took advantage of disrupting an Eddie Pope pass to charge in on Scott Garlick alone and tie the match at 1-1 in the 11th minute. In the 26th minute, Donovan made a very nifty cross over cut to head up field before he released Chris Albright for a run up the right side of the field. Albright then sent in a cross directly into the 6 yeard box awaiting a loosely marked Cobi Jones for Cobi's first goal of the season. In the 60th minute Donovan again started the attack, this timepassing through to Herculez Gomez who ran in on an alone Scott Garlick and fired home his first goal of the 2006 season. RSL pulled one back in the 74th minute off of a Atiba Harris goal, but it wasn't enough and LA picked up its first away points of the season.


Blogger I-66 said...

I was standing with La Barra Brava and didn't get a clear look at the Josh Gros offside, but the AR had his flag up.

I watched the highlights on mlsnet and Gros clearly was offside when Boz first headed the ball. It was a good call, though not close to preferrable.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Yeah, after seeing the highlights on tv last night, I should fix the posting and remove the phantom from the off-sides.

12:34 PM  

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