WASHINGTON — It may seem incongruous, even tone-deaf, to outsiders, but last-place teams can benefit from buoyant predictions and public statements of defiance.
D.C. United suffered their 17th league defeat of the 2010 season with a gut-wrenching loss in Los Angeles over the weekend, and few would blame the club’s fans or players for showing symptoms of clinical depression given what’s transpired over the course of this miserable season.
But gloominess is not an option for anyone within earshot of Santino Quaranta.
D.C. United have changed a great deal since their last road match against the Los Angeles Galaxy, a 2-2 draw in last year’s season opener on March 22, 2009. United’s current roster looks dramatically different and interim head coach Ben Olsen is the third man to lead the team during that time.
Yet Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center played out in eerily similar fashion to that match some 18 months ago.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 – D.C. UNITED 1, LA GALAXY 2
CARSON, Calif. -- Cinco minutos, a menos de diez
del final, fueron suficientes para que el Galaxy, de la mano salvadora Landon
Donovan, recuperara un partido que ya parecía perdido y venciera 2-1 al D.C.
United el sábado en el Home Depot Center.
Just five months after reaching the round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa, the US National Team will be returning to the country that hosted their thrilling, heart-stopping displays.
Bob Bradley & Co. will play South Africa’s national team on Nov. 17 at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town as part of the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavisión at a time yet to be announced.
WASHINGTON – The Home Depot Center sits half an hour’s drive from Hollywood – more than twice that at rush hour, of course – and Carson, Calif., doesn’t offer quite the same vibe as its posh northern counterpart.
But D.C. United’s latest trip to Los Angeles figures to offer up more than enough drama for the capital club, featuring a reunion with Bruce Arena – the first, and most decorated, coach in United history – and his league-leading Galaxy in front of a national television audience on Fox Soccer Channel.
WASHINGTON— D.C. United tratará de dar otro paso que le ayude en su intento de reivindicación por los malos resultados en esta inconsistente temporada, cuando enfrente a Los Ángeles Galaxy el sábado 18 a las 10:30pm ET en el Home Depot Center de Carson, California.
Dos de los más grandes rivales de todos los tiempos en la MLS se verán las caras por segunda vez en la temporada, en un partido que en el papel luce desigual si se toman en consideración los récords de ambos equipos en 2010.
WASHINGTON – Chris Pontius was one of D.C. United’s brightest stars entering the 2010 season. But his second year in MLS was marred by a recurrence of chronic right hamstring troubles, which initially flared up during the US National Team’s January training camp but took a dramatic turn for the worse in United’s 2-0 loss to Chicago on April 17, when part of his hamstring tore away from the pelvis bone.