Considering its lowly finish in 2008 - tied at the bottom of the Western Conference with expansion San Jose with 33 points - it's not surprising that of the
seven Western teams (in 2008), only the Galaxy had a losing record last year against the East.
Last season, Western teams at home compiled a 27-12-10 mark against the powerful Easterners,
yet Los Angeles (2-4-1) could beat only Kansas City and D.C. United at home. The defeat of D.C. was a 5-2 thrashing fueled by a Landon Donovan
Sunday at Home Depot, LA
did everything it could to reverse its home hold over United.
Donovan chipped ex-Galaxy keeper Josh Wicks
cleanly but his shot looped a yard wide of the post, rookie Omar
and Jovan Kirovski
missed open headers. United was just 10 minutes away from avenging last year's humiliation when referee Jair Marrufo
whistled for a phantom handball
on rookie Rodney Wallace
, actually, the ball hit the underside of this leg and never come close to his upraised arms.
Donovan converted the penalty and five minutes later nailed
a header to earn LA a 2-2 tie.