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Matchday 8: DCU at L.A. (Plus USA-China)

[UPDATED!] Greetings from Carson, another gorgeous day in Southern California, breezy with temps around 70. Nothing like a pregame stroll along the Strand in Hermosa Beach.

With the USA playing China early this evening and United facing the Galaxy later, let's use this space for both matches.

You can contribute at any time as the USA match unfolds, and/or share your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts about United. Got it? Good. I will be able to steal a few glances at the USA game, but I am counting on you guys for analysis.

As for United, Brian Carroll is not available tonight. His injury was a bit of a mystery the last few days, but I've been told that it's a quadriceps contusion and he should be ready for next weekend's match against the Red Bulls at Estadio RFK.

Perkins; Simms, Erpen, Boswell, Namoff; Fred, Olsen, Gomez, Gros; Moreno, Emilio.
Subs: Nolly, deRoux, Dyachenko, Kpene, Burch, Casal, Moose.
McTavish is still not 100 percent and will rehab in the reserve game tomorrow.

Because of injuries, suspension and international duty, the Galaxy has four players (instead of the usual seven) on the bench.

DCU's locker room here is usually used by the David Beckham Academy, so upon entering the space and being surrounded by Beckham photographs, one of the player commented, "We're turning the RFK visiting locker room into a Jamie Moreno tribute!"

A quick thought from Ben Olsen about Landon Donovan:

"Landon is as good as they come in our league. He's such a dangerous player. He's so well-rounded; he's got the speed, he's got the brains, he's got the touch, he's got the finishing ability and he has a re'sume' of doing pretty well against D.C. United. Historically, L.A. has been taking it to us and I think that is in the back of our minds."

By Steve Goff  |  June 2, 2007; 8:09 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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the Federation should be ashamed of itself for ever scheduling an Interational match at Spartan stadium.

Fairly even game. 1-1 in the 18th minute. Beasley with a PK after he was taken down by the Chinese GK. China equalize on a scramble in the box with a great shot to the roof of the net from about 12 yards. Both teams doing the best they can on that tiny field.

Posted by: Glenn | June 2, 2007 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Spartan was chosen for several reasons, most importantly it was close to the USA's Gold Cup base in Carson. They had to play tonight because of the TV slot, and didn't want to step on MLS's toes by playing in SoCal. San Diego stadiums would've been too expensive for a small draw like China. The Chinese community in the Bay Area helps the draw. Just passing along what I've heard from the USSF...Whatever, just a friendly.

Posted by: Goff | June 2, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The guys in the ESPN booth keep saying the second goal was scored by Feilhaber. Didn't it look like an own goal (off the defender's leg)?

Posted by: Paul | June 2, 2007 9:12 PM | Report abuse

[off topic note]
Former George Mason University soccer star Ritchie Kotschau, getting into his first game since breaking his leg last year, promptly gets ejected a minute later (source: Kevin 06/02/2007) -- whoops.
[/off topic note]

Go DCU!!!

Posted by: Kevin | June 2, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

"The guys in the ESPN booth keep saying the second goal was scored by Feilhaber. Didn't it look like an own goal (off the defender's leg)?"

The defender was chasing a ball that was clearly going in, and his leg touched the ball as it was crossing the goal line. All he accomplished was to cause the ball to cross the line a millisecond earlier than it would have otherwise. Thus, no autogol.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 2, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

During the intermission, it was mentioned that Disney would be airing all the WWC matches from China in real time. So I guess many of us will be rising in the pre-dawn hours, just as we did in June 2002.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 2, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

It's red card day today. Mathis gets sent off AGAIN! for NY and so far 2 more goals for EJ! I guess he has the scoring touch back.

And yes Kotschau was sent off a minute after entering for RSL. But they managed another 0-0 so that limits NE to 1 point again which is good news for us.

And of course there was that bizarre play in the Denmark-Sweden game in the last minute.

Posted by: Glenn | June 2, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was Dema Kovalenko's job to get red cards? Someone needs to remind Clint Mathis that violent and reckless play is reserved for the lovable Ukrainian.

Posted by: Kevin | June 2, 2007 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Back to back hat tricks for EJ.

guess he got his head on straight once again

Posted by: vasco | June 2, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Since the WMET signal is rather weak (I believe their transmitter is in Gaithersburg), try BTW, a pre-game program is already in progress on WMET.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 2, 2007 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Great game by the U.S. B . . maybe even C team. Promising group of players that looked supremely confident on the ball . . . solid technical ability on a small pitch in the face of decent Chinese pressure.

I'd like to see some of these guys play under the pressure of la Copa . . . not the same old Concacaf opposition.

Dempsey needs to finish those gimmes!!!

Posted by: delantero | June 2, 2007 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Clint Mathis got a red? Nice. Don't have to see him against DC next week.

Posted by: Mike | June 2, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

actually they play Toronto midweek so unless he gets more than 1 game he should be eligible to play next Sunday.

so much for Kpene and Emilio together up front. I hope Old Man Moreno doesn't kill the attack.

Posted by: Glenn | June 2, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Just now on WMET, Tony Limarzi was talking about the thin Galaxy bunch. Couldn't they have brought in players from lower-level leagues under contracts that essentially were just for this one match? Didn't DCU do something like this in similar circumstances in the past?

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 2, 2007 10:31 PM | Report abuse

20k? The Chinese community didn't help with the draw at all, then...

Posted by: RK | June 2, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I meant bench, not bunch, obviously, although I suspect the two terms mean roughly the same thing in this context.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 2, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

DC is not looking too good right now.

Posted by: DCUfrvr | June 2, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Perkins; Simms, Erpen, Boswell, Namoff; Fred, Olsen, Gomez, Gros; Moreno, Emilio.

Just now on WMET, Tony Limarzi seemed to say that Simms was in midfield and Gros was on the back line, contrary to what was reported above. What's the story?

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 2, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Namoff was clearly not comfortable playing on the left and their possession sucked. Namoff moved to Simms position, Simms moved into D-Mid, pushing Benny to Josh's spot and dropping Josh to Namoff's. Since then, they look a lot more comfortable and their possession has gone up a bit.

Posted by: DCUfrvr | June 2, 2007 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Did LA shrink the field? Looks like there's an awful lot of room on the touchline on the far side.

Posted by: Dave Lifton | June 2, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

The first thing Yallop did when he got the job was redraw the HDC lines to be like they were at Spartan when Yallop coached SJ. I can't stand it.

Posted by: Talion | June 2, 2007 11:33 PM | Report abuse

DCU lucky to not be down at the half. If LA had someone who could finish they would be up at least 2-0. I'm glad Namoff switched over to the right side after getting embarrassed on the left. I wonder if the players switched that up on their own or whether Soehn called for it. The FSC announcer said that Namoff and Soehn were yelling back and forth at each other in a shouting match!? What's that all about?

Would love to see Kepene early in the second half. I think his speed could really expose a suspect LA back line.

Posted by: Keenan | June 2, 2007 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Pretty scary first half. I would think Tommy is going to be pretty upset in the locker room. We are lucky Jaqua could not finish off several opportunities and we had very few good shots on goal.

Posted by: DCU Fan | June 2, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

we needed Guy out there 15 minutes ago! His first touch he blows past everyone.

Posted by: Glenn | June 3, 2007 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Quote of the day:

Is there a fairy sprinkling injury dust out there?
-FSC announcer

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2007 12:28 AM | Report abuse

That was not my beautiful game.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | June 3, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

why does Gomez always look so tired? Our game seemed to fall apart when Olsen came out. When had them on the ropes at that point and they got off the hook.

And why is Casal wasting so much time on a throw in with like 10 seconds left. Get the ball in, man!

Definitely a missed opportunity to get 3 points and close the gap.

Posted by: Glenn | June 3, 2007 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Sad Sad Sad. This should have been an easy three points from a weak Galaxy team.
Back line reverted to the scary level as the first three games of the season and with the same heart stopping passes which fortunately LA did not convert. Could have easily been a 2 to 3 goal game for LA (Say goodbye to Nate Jaqua - Yallop must be shopping him around).
Our attack looked good for about 15 minutes at the beginning of the second half and then dried up. I agree with the above post that Kpene should have come in earlier and for Jaime not Emilo.
For all the hype about the Brazilians, still waiting to be impressed by Fred and Emilo.

Bottom line - nice to get at least a point but should have been three and I think DCU will struggle against Red Bulls next weekend.

Posted by: DCU Fan | June 3, 2007 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Game 1: The Chinese sucked. We played well, but they made it look like we played REALLY well. None of them had any quality on the ball except for the goal.

Never thought I'd say this, but Guatemala will be a much sterner test.

Game 2: Lord, DC sucked the first half. It should have been 3-0 because of Namoff alone. And lord, did LA suck the second half. I kept waiting for DC to kill it off, but they just couldn't seem to break it down.

Still, a good second half of soccer for DC.

But what a terrible game.

Posted by: viv | June 3, 2007 12:48 AM | Report abuse

After last week's game, I wondered why Perkins almost always kicked the ball long and down the middle (and back to Houston) when he could have played it short to an open player on goal kicks and when he had possession.
He started out doing much the same in the 1st half against LA. We counted 9 punts or long goal kicks taken by Perkins. Of those, LA cleanly won possession of 5, DC won 1, and 3 pinged around midfield with no clear winner--not a very good possession percentage.
Things changed in the 2nd half and Perkins threw the ball 6 times. I believe DCU had trouble advancing the ball only once. Overall, this seemed to work much better.

Moreno lost possession a number of times in the final 20 minutes and seemed tired. Any thoughts on why DCU didn't make a change to take advantage of the tired LA defenders? Dyachenko did a great job attacking at the end of the Houston game. I was surprised that he wasn't put in at forward again.

Posted by: Tom | June 3, 2007 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Solution... Fire coach. United's too talented to look so bad.

Posted by: jaded | June 3, 2007 1:11 AM | Report abuse

We've already had a Fire coach or two.

Posted by: viv | June 3, 2007 1:14 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Sarachan's the answer.

Posted by: John K | June 3, 2007 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Comedians, I'd fire you, then Soehn.

Posted by: jaded | June 3, 2007 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Because of a 0-0 draw you're asking for the coaches head? :rolleyes: It'd be one thing if he got embarrassed 5-2... oh wait, that was Nowak last year... at HOME. So shut the hell up about Soehn. If LA didn't have Joe Cannon in goal, we'd have seen a better result. It's not like Tommy can go out there and finish the headers that we narrowly missed.

Posted by: AlecW81 | June 3, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

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