D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy will play in the Aloha Cup on Saturday.
D.C. United

Behind the badge: D.C. loses warm-up

HONOLULU - If anything was made clear during Thursday's 90-minute, closed-door scrimmage at the University of Hawaii, it was that D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy don't much care for one another. Despite joining together to participate in the inaugural Aloha Cup in Honolulu, HI, the teams battled throughout a very physical 2-0 victory by the Los Angeles Galaxy. The two clubs will meet again on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.

Los Angeles was quick to start the match, taking the kick-off along the left flank and whipping in a quality cross. Alan Gordon skied to head a ball on target and as scrambling Nick Rimando was needed to keep the game scoreless. The play invigorated D.C. United, 5-1 on the preseason, as the Black-and-Red nearly took the lead themselves two minutes later when Ben Olsen's right footed blast hit the outside of the left side netting.

United held a majority of possession early on, but fell behind in the 34th minute. The Black-and-Red defense was unable to clear a cross from the right flank. The ball fell to an unmarked Josh Gardner at the top of the 18-yard box. His one-timed blast beat Rimando to his right.

The intensity was elevated four minutes later when Jaime Moreno faced a sturdy challenge from Carlos Gilardo in front of the Galaxy bench. Moreno was saddled with a visible mark from his knee to his shin and a yellow card for dissent as a result of the play.

Nowak made wholesale substitutions at the halfway mark, but the physical play continued. Gordon extended the Galaxy lead in the 55th minute by pushing a well-placed through ball past an on-rushing Troy Perkins before being buried by the second-year keeper.

United nearly cut into the L.A. lead on several occasions before physical play took over the game. Freddy Adu freed himself and found Nana Kuffour, whose deflected shot forced Steve Cronin to the ground for a save. Eliseo Quintanilla nearly picked out trialist Bobby Boswell on a 70th minute re-start. Perkins kept the game close by stoning Mamba Chisioni on a clean breakaway late.

Jason Thompson was shown red by the referee just before the game's end.


  • Thursday's line-up included: Rimando (Perkins 46); Bryan Namoff (Tim Merritt 46), Boswell, Mike Petke (David Stokes 46); Clyde Simms (Kuffour 46), Brian Carroll (Tim Lawson 46), Olsen (Quintanilla 46), Christian Gomez (Adu 46), Josh Gros (Nick Van Sicklen 46); Moreno (Thompson 46), Alecko Eskandarian (Santino Quaranta 46).

  • Brandon Prideaux (ankle) and Kenny Arena (toe) continue to rehab their injuries and sat out Thursday's scrimmage. Trialist Stephen Deroux has suffered a non-union fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and will return to Washington, D.C., with the team before the club is able to decipher a long-term prognosis. Simms has joined United in Hawaii on trial.

  • Among the few spectators granted access to the scrimmage were the Hawaii women's soccer team and legendary U.S. track star Marion Jones.

  • Following a blistering training session Wednesday morning, members of the Black-and-Red were given the afternoon off. Kevin Payne, Dave Kasper, Mark Simpson, Jaime Moreno and Freddy Adu participated in a golf tournament held as a part of the Aloha Cup. Other players spent the afternoon hiking boating, shopping and relaxing at various parts of the island. The biggest group, a 13-member party headed by Josh Gros, did a little sightseeing. The group was treated to a private tour of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona, the Pearl Harbor Naval Station and a currently commissioned US Navy submarine. The team returned to their Outrigger Hotel headquarters in the early evening to travel to another Aloha Cup function at the Hard Rock Café.