D.C. United extended its unbeaten streak in MLS to five Friday night with a 0-0 draw against David Beckham and the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy in front of an announced 20,036 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
United (4-4-4, 16 points) has conceded just four goals in winning twice and tying three matches during this encouraging stretch. It earned four points on the two-game West Coast swing, which began with a 3-2 victory at Portland on Sunday.
Both clubs were missing starters. The Galaxy (8-2-6, 30 points) was without superstar Landon Donovan (U.S. national team) and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts (Jamaica), while United was missing defender Dejan Jakovic (Canada) and captain Dax McCarty (groin injury).
United Coach Ben Olsen started four rookies, including three on the backline, two second-year players and one in his third season.
Charlie Davies, D.C.’s leading scorer with six goals, returned from a nearly three-week absence caused by a strained hamstring, entering in the 67th minute. He missed a tremendous opportunity on an 81st-minute counterattack, failing to place a shot on target after collecting Josh Wolff’s pass in the clear and drawing out goalkeeper Josh Saunders.
United was the more dangerous side throughout the evening: Wolff missed from close range in the 63rd minute and Saunders made a fine save on Andy Najar’s near-post bid in the 86th.
The Galaxy increased its unbeaten run to seven games.