Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy did not start off September on the right foot and they will look to fix that when they face Ben Olsen’s D.C. United on Sept. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. With a record of 13-10-4, the Galaxy will need all of its aces to prevent the possibility of the most embarrassing defeat possible this season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas and Time Warner Cable Sportsnet. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and D.C. United.
1. No goals in the first half
This will be one of those games where the finishing will be amateur in quality. That has been a recurring theme all year for LA, and this will be par for the course. No goals will be scored in the first half.
2. D.C. United will score first
I’ve had a reputation for delivering bold predictions, but this is one of the boldest yet: D.C. United is going to open up the scoring first. Luis Silva has had a history of scoring on the Los Angeles Galaxy ever since he surfaced with Toronto FC and I am personally tapping him to be on his game in the second half.
3. At least five saves from Bill Hamid
Bill Hamid has hit a rough patch this season. So far, he has made 63 saves, and he will be making a push for 70, maybe 80 by the end of this month. At least five saves will be made from Hamid.
4. Robbie Keane will score a brace
Fresh off international duty, Robbie Keane will reclaim the captain’s armband and force the issue early and often. Keane will earn at least a brace to help the Galaxy’s cause.
5. No goals or assists for Dwayne De Rosario
One can only wonder how much gas is left in the tank of Dwayne De Rosario. He only has three goals and two assists to his credit this year. He will stay with those statistics on Saturday. There will be no goals or assists for DeRo this weekend.
6. Landon Donovan with a goal and an assist
Landon Donovan chase of Jeff Cunningham’s goals record will continue in earnest, and he will earn a goal and an assist against the wooden spoon leaders of the league.
7. Jaime Penedo with at least four saves
Come on, D.C. United. This is the LA Galaxy we’re talking about here. Sometimes, against the best opponents, you play your best game. However, Jaime Penedo is in goal. Not Brian Rowe, not Brian Perk, and certainly not Carlo Cudicini. Penedo will make at least four saves to help secure a win for Los Angeles.
8. Omar Gonzalez with at least nine clearances
Fresh off another couple of big international matches, defender Omar Gonzalez will look to rack up the stats against an opponent that is no Costa Rica and certainly not of Mexico’s caliber, awful as they are of this junction of World Cup Qualifying. On the Opta Chalkboard, Gonzo gets at least nine clearances.
9. At least 25 fouls, under four cards
This will be a free-flowing game, and one wherer D.C. will pull out all the stops to earn a consolation victory in what is effectively a lost season. At least 25 fouls will be whistled and under four cards will be handed out.
10. Los Angeles wins handily
The Galaxy are out to prove that their recent shortcomings to Colorado were an aberration. With the top stars returning, a businesslike performance is expected.
Los Angeles Galaxy 3, D.C. United 1