Let's be honest, it's not every weekend that you look at Major League Soccer's schedule and are struck by the prospect of a can't-miss game. But this Sunday's clash between the league's top two scorers, the L.A. Galaxy and D.C. United, promises to be something more than your average MLS fare. With over 32,000 tickets sold to the midday clash at RFK Stadium, scoring will be expected as the Galaxy, with 31 goals so far this season, meets a team with 24 strikes of its own, and which has yet to keep a clean sheet with the season almost half way over.
"They [L.A.] are phenomenal offensively," United defender Devon McTavish told Steven Goff. "They come at you in a whole bunch of different ways. Buddle is big and physical and has got a great finishing touch. Donovan makes those runs into space and then Beckham can place the ball wherever he wants on the field. They are going to hit you with a lot of different weapons. Thankfully, our offense is pretty potent as well, so it might be an offensive show."
United has sparked its own offense in recent weeks after a dreadful start to the season, but still has a weak spot in goal, where Zach Wells continues to make mistakes. Last weekend he fumbled an easy cross that allowed San Jose to level in what was eventually a 3-1 win for United. "It's a disappointing play," D.C. coach Tom Soehn said. "What else can you say? He was the first to say he made a mistake. Mistakes happen. We can't dwell on them; we have to move forward right now." It's a strange season when D.C. keeping a clean sheet at home would be a major story.