The LA Galaxy host D.C. United on Wednesday night at StubHub Center in a match between teams who feel their performances have merited better results than they’ve achieved.
The Galaxy (6-7-3) have gotten everything they could’ve wanted from superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic of late, with the former Swedish international scoring twice in each of his last three starts.
But despite hitting the net twice again Saturday, the Galaxy were unable to make a two-goal advantage stand and settled for a 3-3 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes.
“You score three goals, it should be enough to win the game, but you don’t win. And the way the game was, we should’ve won,” says Ibrahimovic, who now has nine goals since arriving in March. “We do the simple mistakes that we have been doing for some games.”
The Galaxy are still a much-improved 3-1-2 over their last six matches following a previous four-match losing streak and ended the weekend only two points shy of a playoff spot. Still, had they managed to hold onto leads in both of their recent draws, they’d be well inside the playoff field.
Meanwhile, D.C. United desperately need a result in their last of eight consecutive away matches before opening their new home stadium on July 14. The 14th will also mark the expected debut of English superstar Wayne Rooney, who was officially signed by D.C. last week but is not eligible to play until the league’s secondary transfer window opens.
United (2-7-4) currently sit in last place, 13 points out of the playoff pace, although they have also played three fewer matches than anyone else in the Eastern Conference. They’re 1-4-2 seven games into their road swing.
On Saturday at New England, D.C. twice came back from a goal down to equalize, only to fall in a 3-2 defeat. United sits last despite a healthy 21 goals in their 13 games.
“We’re a young team and we’re on the road for what seems like forever but we are running out of excuses,” said coach Ben Olsen. “We have to start getting points or else we won’t reach our goal, which is the postseason.”
—Field Level Media