Aug 27, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) and D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon (14) defend a shot on goal by Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez (4) in the second half of the game at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The first rivalry in Major League Soccer, and still a rivalry that resonates to this day, is D.C. United vs. Los Angeles Galaxy. Nine MLS Cups, two continental championships and a bevy of conference crowns are a testament to the history of two storied clubs in the competition. On Mar. 28, 2015 at historic RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the original MLS rivalry returns.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE and locally in Los Angeles on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Saturday’s clash between D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
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1. At least 40 fouls, three cards
This is a meeting between two perennial league powers. By that alone, expect a physical game where the man in the middle will need to run a tight ship. The View From Avalon boldly predicts for at least 40 fouls whistled and three cards issued.
2. Brian Rowe with under four saves
Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper started the first two matches of the season, and with Jaime Penedo out on international duty, Rowe will have a decent, if quiet, night out. Rowe is boldly predicted to make under four saves.
3. At least five saves for Bill Hamid
As for D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, he will be facing the blue, white and gold firing squad of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Hamid will make at least five saves in a strong showing in front of goal.
4. Stefan Ishizaki will score
The unlikeliest of goalscorers will be midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. With Robbie Keane away due to Euro 2016 duty, it will be up to Ishi to prove his worth. The View From Avalon boldly predicts for a goal and an assist from Ishizaki.
5. Jose Villareal will score
Jose Villareal had a rusty day last weekend against Houston, but D.C. United is where Jose will prove himself and make a difference. Villareal is boldly predicted to score in the second half against D.C.
6. Alan Gordon will score
The late show from Alan Gordon will be back again, and when it’s time to close shop, the man that is Handcrafted in Long Beach will find a nose for goal. Gordon will score in the last 15 or second half stoppage time, according to the bold predictions.
7. Chris Rolfe will score
So far early this season, D.C.’s Chris Rolfe has one assist and nine shots to his credit. We here at the View think he’ll open up his account. Rolfe is boldly predicted to do so in the second half.
8. No goals for Mika Vayrynen
Mika Vayrynen, for the immediate future, will come off the bench. He won’t score in this game, but he will record an assist in the second half.
9. Jairo Arrieta will score
Some late theatrics will be in order in this contest. Jairo Arrieta remains the only goalscorer thus far for D.C. United. Arrieta will record his second goal of the season late in the second half.
10. Los Angeles leave it late in a thriller
The Los Angeles Galaxy have made it a habit to live on the edge, and a stronger defensive performance will be necessary to allow the visitors to hold on. However, D.C. are capable of making this a fight, and it will go down to the wire with LA taking all three points.
Los Angeles Galaxy 3, D.C. United 2