Read my match report from the 1-1 draw between D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. Colorful quotes about the controversial penalty included.
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For bonus quotes from Davies, Beckham and Olsen, visit the continuation of this thread. But first, vote in our poll about the penalty:
After his cheeky penalty, Charlie Davies hurdled a signboard, leapt onto the platform supporting a VW, tried to enter the vehicle, then did a funky dance. Fun stuff. Better than Josh Wolff’s topless celebration in the crowd during the season opener?
“I was definitely trying to get in the car – it was locked. On Friday after training I was able to run over there and see if the car was open, and it was, so I planned for the team to get in the car. As soon as I got over there I saw it was locked, but it was worth it.”
David Beckham’s reaction to the draw: “Disappointed, disgusted. I felt we deserved the game. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be walking away from this stadium tonight with three points.”
Beckham is fortunate he wasn’t walking away with a red card in the first half for his brutal tackle from behind on Wolff.
United Coach Ben Olsen, on the overall performance: “We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be tonight, I thought the energy was there but we just weren’t a good enough soccer team. We need to become a better passing team.”
When did Olsen learn that Perry Kitchen wouldn’t be available because of the flu?
“My day was ruined around one o’clock. I also found out around that time that Landon [Donovan] wasn’t coming, so it was about a wash.” [laughter]
Quaranta’s red card means he won’t be available for next Saturday’s match at Toronto. Andy Najar is the likely replacement in the starting lineup.