Three Things the Los Angeles Galaxy Need to Do to Defeat D.C.United: A Fan’s Preview

Los Angeles Galaxy fans have already gotten a taste of defeat. We lost our home opener to Real Salt Lake and failed to advance past the quarterfinal for CCL. It may only be the beginning of the season. Yet, I think it's high time for our team to post a victory. The Galaxy have a chance to do so on March 18 when they face D.C. United. Here are three things I think we need to do to win.

Defend Better

We were burned several times in our home opener and in CCL. Sometimes, we didn't mark up and other times we simply weren't in the right position. Such was the case against RSL when we left Ned Grabavoy open and he was able to send in a spot-on cross to Javier Morales for the go-ahead goal. In the second leg against TFC, Ryan Johnson out-jumped Tommy Meyer to bury a header. Then, Nick Soolsma made a run into the box to connect with a cross. Our defense failed to challenge Soolsma and it cost us the game. In the past three games we have conceded seven goals. That is way too many for a team that had the best defensive record in 2011.

Do Well on Set Pieces

Considering we have David Beckham serving up free kicks and corners, I think we should be able to put some more of these kicks away. After all, it was a Beckham corner that helped set up Landon Donovan's goal in the first leg of the CCL quarterfinal. However, Beckham took nine corners in that game. In order to win, we need to be able to capitalize on more than one of these corners.

Finish in the Box

Robbie Keane is a prolific scorer. Mike Magee can come through in the clutch. Yet, over the past week, both of these players have missed opportunities in the box. Against TFC, Keane missed two opportunities in the second leg when he was one-on-one with the keeper. Against RSL we had 17 shots but only four were on frame.

Like the Galaxy, D.C. United are also coming off a loss. They posted a 1-0 loss in their season opener at home to Sporting Kansas City. Despite their recent defeats, the Galaxy are trying to stay positive. I hope this positive energy will lead to a victory for our team.

See the Los Angeles Galaxy in action on March 18 at 4 p.m. at The Home Depot Center.

Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.

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Updated Sunday, Mar 18, 2012