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It Was Certainly ‘A Week’ for D.C. United

Sarah Kallassy - DC United/mlsfemale
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Official DC United Reporter

By Sarah Kallassy // @SarahKallassy

The past seven days have been tumultuous for D.C. United, to say the least. A 5-1 drubbing by the Philadelphia Union last Sunday saw D.C.’s midfield further depleted, as homegrown player Chris Durkin suffered an ankle injury described as a ‘snap and pop’ by coach Ben Olsen. Then, only three short days remained before the summer transfer window came to a close on Wednesday. 

D.C. United has historically waited until the last minute to make major transfer window announcements. However, with a plethora of injuries and a recent shaky record both at home and on the road, making the right decisions during this window were critical for the Black-and-Red to keep their playoff run aspirations alive. 

And then… there were decisions outside of D.C.’s control.

About That Match

Sunday’s D.C. United match against the Philadelphia Union had just about everything, except a D.C. win. A goal by Alejandro Bedoya in the 3’ (after which he called upon Congress to do something about gun violence) tipped the scale in Philadelphia’s favor, and D.C. was unable to recover.

DC’s Junior Moreno proceeded to be booked with a red card in the 40’, taking DC United down to 10 men shortly before halftime. While Philadelphia collected a handful of yellow cards, they also racked up another goal. The Black-and-Red were sent to halftime down 0-2.

Even after defender Fred Brillant found the back of the net in the 54’, the flurry of goals that followed from Philadelphia left D.C. empty handed at the final whistle. The Black-and-Red finished with zero points to show, and down two midfielders from this match alone (Durkin due to injury and Moreno due to a red card).

Wayne Rooney is Heading Home

D.C. United’s captain Wayne Rooney flew to the UK on Monday, sparking rumors that quickly ignited a social media blaze. As it became public knowledge that Rooney was meeting with Derby County to discuss a player-coach role, speculation rose as to whether or not his transfer would be immediate. 

Even in the late hours of Monday evening, an immediate transfer of Rooney to Derby County remained a possibility, and Black-and-Red supporters wondered if they had seen the last of their English captain. Thankfully for both D.C. United and the team’s supporters, Rooney will stay on until the end of the 2019 season before leaving the District for good. 

If Not for The Last Minute, Nothing Would Get Done

With news of Rooney’s imminent exit hanging over the District, D.C. United was busy making moves in the final days and hours of the summer transfer window. Rumors abounded including the likes of Mario Balotelli and Mesut Özil, and of course, Yamil Asad (who will not return, much to our chagrin).

After the dust settled and the transfer window officially closed, it was Ola Kamara, Emmanuel ‘Ema’ Boateng, and Felipe Martins who made their way into the Black-and-Red’s ranks.

Ola Kamara

Norwegian international Kamara has spent the better part of 2019 with Shenzhen FC in the Chinese Super League. The forward was acquired for $2.5 million, D.C. United’s second largest transfer fee ever. Previously, Kamara has played for the Columbus Crew SC and LA Galaxy in MLS, as well as several clubs internationally. Unfortunately, Kamara is unavailable for today’s match against the LA Galaxy due to a visa hold up.

Emmanuel Boateng 

Ema Boateng is another LA Galaxy alum, having played for LA the past four seasons. 25-year-old Boateng began his career at the Right to Dream Academy in his home country of Ghana before moving to the US to play Division I soccer at UC Santa Barbara. A flexible player, Boateng is capable of contributing to D.C. United’s midfield or attack. He is available to play in today’s match against his former team.

Felipe Martins

The decision to sign Martins from the Vancouver Whitecaps has drawn much ire from D.C.’s supporters.  However, at a time when D.C.’s midfield is sorely lacking, Martins is a much-needed addition to the roster. Martins himself has acknowledged the long memory of D.C. supporters and has pledged to win them over through his hard work.

[Prior to this week, D.C. mutually parted ways with both Zoltan Stieber and Chris McCann. Akeem Ward was released and Gordan Wild, formerly a midfielder for Atlanta United, was signed.]

The Zlatan Show Comes to D.C.

As D.C. United face off with the LA Galaxy today in a sold-out match, one of the most often asked questions has been, “will Zlatan play?”  Ibrahimović has missed playing in a few matches recently (due to distance, turf, or other factors) however he will indeed be in the District tonight.  The Swede will go up against his former Manchester United teammate, Wayne Rooney, for the last time ever in MLS (barring a miracle where both teams meet in the playoffs).

D.C. United is expected to shake up the roster a bit this evening. With D.C.’s midfield mostly out of the picture (Canouse and Durkin with injuries, and Moreno with a red card), we may actually see Boateng and Martins hit the pitch. Kamara is still out of consideration due to a pending visa. 

Will the Black-and-Red rise to the occasion with Rooney on his way out the door? My friend Laura reminded me of an important fact this week…

As always, Vamos United! I’ll see you all at Audi Field tonight!

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A Kneecap and a Recap

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By Debbie Haar // @GalaxySoccerMom

Ok, so it’s not exactly a kneecap, but it’s close. Romain Alessandrini had surgery at Cedars-Sinai this week to repair his torn meniscus root in his left knee.

Doctors have described this type of injury as devastating, painful, and a cause of rapid joint deterioration. It is estimated the handsome 30-year-old Frenchman will be out until at least September.

This is a huge hit to the LA Galaxy as Alessandrini is a vital asset to the team’s offense. In Wednesday’s game, Emmanuel Boatang started in Alessandrini’s normal position. I hope he’s ready to continue filling the position.

The LA Galaxy took on the Minnesota Loons ending in a 0-0 draw.

Starting XI: David Bingham, Jorgen Skjelvik, Diego Polenta, Daniel Steres, Julian Araujo (Gian Carlo Gonzalez 79′), Joe Corona, Jonathan dos Santos, Uriel Antuna (Servando Carrasco 82′), Sebastian Lletget, Emmanuel Boatang (Chris Pontius 64′), Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Out with injury:

Romain Alessandrini- knee injury

Perry Kitchen- foot injury

Rolf Feltscher- groin injury

The LA Galaxy tried hard in a midweek game against Minnesota United FC to bring home three points but both teams were unsuccessful at obtaining a win.

The beginning of the game looked hopeful for the Galaxy but resulted in both teams inability to maintain possession and score. Julian Araujo served the ball to Zlatan in the first half but he was unable to get the header into the goal.

The first half of the game was an ongoing back and forth to both sides of the field without a completed goal-scoring play. The Galaxy was disjointed, which could be somewhat attributed to the conditions of Minnesota’s new field.

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Although the Galaxy couldn’t seem to score, a few of the players had noticeably great games. Jonathan dos Santos was all over the field showing Minnesota’s players that he won’t back down.

Bingham had a great game and displayed how he’s grown as a goalie since joining the Galaxy. He was strong in the box stopping 4 goals.

Zlatan just wasn’t Zlatan. He fumbled a play and was seen apologizing after. Julian Araujo had a rough game as well, leaving the stadium on crutches. Before his injury, he was quick and played with confidence. Guillermo Barros Schelotto later said Araujo’s injury was not serious and he expected him to be back for Sunday’s game.

The LA Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake at home on Sunday, April 28.

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LA Galaxy Playoff Hopes Alive

Michelle Huitink - LA Galaxy/mlsfemale
Official LA Galaxy Reporter

By Michelle Huitink // @mchuitink

September 23, 2018

Starting XI

David Bingham; Rolf Feltscher, Dave Romney, Daniel Steres, Ashley Cole, Romain Alessandrini, Sebastian Lletget, Jonathan dos Santos, Emmanuel Boateng, Ola Kamara, Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Bench

Justin Vom Steeg, Servando Carrasco, Michael Ciani, Sheanon Williams, Perry Kitchen, Baggio Husidic, Ariel Lassiter.

Photo Credit: LA Galaxy official Instagram

The match started off with a bang as 7-year-old Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja sang a sensational rendition of the National Anthem that has since gone viral.

Going into this match, the Los Angeles Galaxy had a winless 7 game streak. Seattle Sounders had a 9 game winning streak until it was snapped by the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday. This surging team was struggling defensively.

So, this gave me hope that the Galaxy could pull off a win at home. When they’d last faced Seattle at Centurylink last month, they lost 5-0 without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and designated players.

Now, the Sounders were missing Chad Marshall and Harry Shipp due to injury.

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Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. Photo Credit: Roberto E. Lepe

The Galaxy changed its lineup with Daniel Steres. This was his first start since last September in 2017 when he suffered a back injury against The Rave Green. He definitely had a positive impact on the game, often clearing the ball or getting possession to move the ball up to create chances.

The Galaxy had come out strong despite the Sounders usual mid-low defense. Rolf Feltscher started what was a great game by pressing to get possession back and get the ball to Ola Kamara who then passed it to Romain Alessandrini in the center of the box. He ran up when opponent Brad Smith tripped Kamara, and both 11s were down in the penalty area.

A penalty was awarded. Ibrahimovic took it, keeper Stefan Frei went the other way, and his ball went into the right bottom corner of the net without a problem, putting the Galaxy in the lead 1-0.

The Galaxy continued to play with confidence, especially in their passing. Ashley Cole’s back pass in the 23rd minute and the team as a whole kept up the momentum after the first goal. The Galaxy’s defensive issues showed when Will Bruin had a shot but missed the header. He wasn’t covered by anyone at the back post a minute later.

In previous matches, the Galaxy weren’t used to being up and lately they haven’t been able to maintain a lead. So, then we had to see how the Galaxy would respond defensively.

The issues I saw watching this LA team were the way they rushed with the ball instead of taking it easy, maintaining control of the game, and not giving away possession with simple mistakes. They have no need to rush when they’re ahead! The other thing was not to give in to the other team’s strategies and play right into their traps.

At least they weren’t just trying to serve the ball to Ibrahimovic; instead, Boateng was getting a lot of the service.

The players really hustled on the field. Overall, the Galaxy had a great game. Alessandrini would sneak up the sides to keep possession or move the ball up, which helped him assist Ola Kamara’s goal in the 40th minute and Emmanuel Boateng’s in the 52nd minute.

Boateng, Dos Santos, and Rolf Feltscher were the MVPs of the game.

Boateng is small, but he’s fierce. When he has room to run, he uses his speed to get past defenders and take advantage of deflections. The goal he scored was kicked in across the line after a bad bounce off Román Torres.

Jonathan Dos Santos played a traditionally deep mid defensive position, which had him working hard.

Feltscher got a yellow and seemed to be so actively defending. He had quite a few blocks on shots.

As well as the Galaxy played, this does feel like a fluke. They have a temporary coach, Dominic Kinnear. We have to see how the next few games will go, especially to make the playoffs. At this point, drawing isn’t good enough because then other teams in the West would have to lose for the Galaxy to slip into the last qualifying spot. The Galaxy need to keep playing to win like it’s make it or break it (because it is).

With this win against Seattle, they are only behind by 3 points for the final playoff spot.

LAG play home again against Vancouver Whitecaps this Saturday, September 29. Kickoff is set at 7pm.

Michelle Huitink waiting for the players to pass by. Photo Credit: Roberto E. Lepe

A special thank you to LA is Our House for the seat upgrade. Photo Credit: Michelle Huitink

Galaxy Mascot, Cozmo, running past the trophy case. Photo Credit: Michelle Huitink

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