It took D.C. United 176 minutes of the 2012 season to score their first goal of the season but it was not enough as it came at the end of a 3-1 drubbing at the hands of the L.A. Galaxy.
United once again struggled to create any type of attacking flow and were limited in opportunities to score. The defense also struggled to keep up with the Galaxy attackers which led to several scoring chances for L.A. and it was left up to reserve keeper Joe Willis to make several saves. In the first half United’s best scoring opportunity came from the foot of DeWayne De Rosario from 50 yards away when he tried to sneak a shot past Galaxy Goalkeeper Josh Saunders.
The Galaxy offense seemed to be creating plenty of opportunities for them to break the 0-0 tie but Willis came up big for United with some nice saves but it was only a matter of time before the constant Galaxy pressure would lead to a score. L.A. finally got on the board in the 45th minute with a ball that was crossed in from outside the box where it was headed down by Dunivant to an open Robbie Keane who easily put it past Willis.
In the 2nd half the Galaxy again came out with a lot of pressure but D.C. United held their own for the first few minutes as they tried to put some pressure of their own on the Galaxy. In the 69th minute Robbie Keane doubled LA’s lead and in the 86th minute Sarvas made the game an official route as they went up 3-0. D.C. United got on the scoreboard a minute later when in his first game in the MLS Nick De Leon scored a beautiful goal that got past the Galaxy Keeper.
D.C. United will stay on the west coast this whole week as they prepare for their next match next Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps.