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The Greatest American Story

What happens when you link up the greatest American coach with the greatest American player in the greatest American matchup? A hat trick of course! The renewed partnership of Bruce Arena of Landon Donovan so successful for the US National Team until Germany 2006 paid dividends for the LA Galaxy last night in the biggest matchup Major League Soccer has. I’m sorry MLS snobs but I just cannot get excited about Kansas City playing Toronto or New England playing Colorado. MLS as we’ve discussed for some weeks on this site is  for the most part at this stage of the season thoroughly unwatchable although I have often times forced myself to abject torture in order to report for this site and the show.

But something is always different about when DC United meets the Galaxy. It has a feeling a history which the manufactured atmospheres of other MLS games can never match. These are after all the two teams that have made this league and quite frankly in leaner times kept this league in business. It’s MLS’ version of the Celtics- Lakers and when 11 PM ET rolled around, channel surfing between College Football, other MLS games and the news stopped: it was time for Galaxy and United.

I’m constantly reminded what a nightmare MLS has been for one David Beckham when he shows off his legendary temper in front of officials. In addition, the red and black are so beat up now last night was hardly a contest: but the atmosphere was great and Landon Donovan whose confidence has been sapped by Bob Bradley’s negative tactics with the US National Team has been restored to rightful place with yesterday’s display. A nice performance for Alan Gordan as well and you have a playoff contender from a team that did not win a game in three months. Only in America!

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    October 15, 2008 at 5:46 am

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  2. football detective

    September 23, 2008 at 9:09 am

    The Beckham effect was on full display at HDC.

  3. bandeeto

    September 22, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Couldn’t disagree with you more. I enjoy Kartiks coverage of MLS as well. I’m not a Galaxy or DC fan, but your arguments for their significance to MLS are compelling.

  4. Lee

    September 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Here we go again with the Galaxy talk. I personally enjoyed you being tuned out of MLS and following Yanks abroad and USL better than this b/s.

  5. Phillip

    September 21, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Unfortunately the referee was involved early in this match by not sending off Josh Wicks for that horrendous tackle on Santino Quaranta. That was appalling.

    Then the sending off of Marc Burch was absurd. Second time a United player has been sent off this week for nothing.

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