RFK MEMORIAL STADIUM
7:30 pm ET (FSW/E; KCAL)
D.C. United plays host to the Los Angeles Galaxy hoping they fare better this time around than they from the last visit from their West Coast rivals. In May, United was riding a three-game unbeaten streak - until a 4-2 thrashing by the Galaxy at RFK led to three losses in four starts. Now with one loss in their last five games, they host a Galaxy side holding the league's best record and unbeaten in four games, starting a four-game road swing with a scoreless draw at Colorado Rapids at midweek.
REFEREE: Kevin Stott. SAR (bench): Craig Lowry; JAR (opposite): Steve Taylor; 4th: Ben Jones
MLS Career: 103 games; FC/gm: 26.4; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 29; pens: 18
Games involving United: P24 W13 L9 T2; FC/gm: 26.0; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 9; pens: 3
Games involving Galaxy: P19 W10 L8 T1; FC/gm: 24.6; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 2; pens: 4
INJURY REPORT: D.C. UNITED - OUT: FW Thiago Martins (L lateral meniscus tear); FW Eliseo Quintanilla (R fractured fibula); PROBABLE: FW Santino Quaranta (adductor surgery) ... LOS ANGELES GALAXY - OUT: DF Danny Califf (L torn meniscus); MD Peter Vagenas (groin strain); QUESTIONABLE: MD Marcelo Saragosa (R ankle sprain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: LA: Chris Aloisi (through July 17)
YELLOW PERIL: DC: Dema Kovalenko (18 CP); Alecko Eskandarian (20 CP); Mike Petke (19 CP) ... LA: Paul Broome (20 CP); Ryan Suarez (8 CP in two games); Peter Vagenas (10 CP in 2 gms)
ALL-TIME (23 meetings): United 10 wins (1 shootout), 29 goals ... Galaxy 12 wins (0 shootout), 35 goals ... 1 draw
AT RFK STADIUM (12 meetings): United 6 wins (0 shootout), 19 goals ... Galaxy 6 wins (0 shootout), 21 goals ... 0 draws
D.C. United fell out of first place in the Eastern Conference as they fell 1-0 to the Kansas City Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium last weekend. The result left United with 20 points from 16 matches, two points behind the MetroStars in the East, just a point ahead of third place Columbus Crew with the top four teams still separated by just five points.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
The Los Angeles Galaxy extended their winning streak to four games and extended their lead atop the Western Conference to three points after playing to a scoreless draw with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday in Denver. The Galaxy own the best record in the league with 31 points from 18 matches, with the Kansas City Wizards in second place three points adrift.