D.C. United has uphill task at L.A. Galaxy

Major League Soccer’s bottom club D.C. United, visits the high-flying Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.

United (5-16-3, 18 points)  is coming off a rare road-win, after beating Toronto FC on a Julius James goal. The win was DC’s first on the road  in more than three months, and just their second league win overall since Ben Olsen became the interim coach.

United has won just five games this season and is set to post its worst ever campaign. With six games still left in the season, United - a four-time champion - could be eliminated from the playoffs this weekend, depending on how certain results go [see below]. 

The Galaxy (14-5-5) is riding the top of the league with 47 points and will have English star David Beckham available to start in the game. After being out four months with an injury, Beckham made his 2010 debut coming on for the final 20 minutes in the Galaxy 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew last week.

Edson Buddle scored his league-leading 14th goal of the season for the Galaxy in that game.

United’s new signings midfielder Junior Carriero and Spanish-born midfielder Carlos Varela traveled to L.A.

* United’s interim coach Ben Olsen, will be going up against Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, who coached Olsen at Virginia and D.C. United.

* The Galaxy leads the all-time series, 16-13-6.

* D.C. United have scored a league-worst 16 goals this season. 

Note:  United will be eliminated from postseason contention IF:

United loses AND San Jose and Seattle both earn at least a point OR

United ties AND San Jose and Seattle both win AND Colorado earns at least a point.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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