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Galaxy Try To Divide United At Home

LA Galaxy v DC United, 8pm (FoxSoccer)

Fox Soccer Night In America returns after a brief hiatus, with two marquee franchises as the headliners. The Los Angeles Galaxy have been very consistent as of late, winning three straight to the tune of one-nil. Should the Galaxy manage to pull off this feat again, they would be the first team in MLS history to win four straight games one-nil. The MLS record for one-nil games is held by Colorado, who had five straight games go one-nil, but they lost two during that stretch.

The good news for the LA Galaxy is that after playing in Gary Neville's Testimonial last week, and missing the Galaxy's midweek game, David Beckham returned to the team in New England and added another notch to his seventh assist, one off the league lead. However, the Galaxy will now be without Landon Donovan, who joins the US Men's National Team for a friendly against Spain. He'll then miss most of the month of June playing in the Gold Cup. The Home Depot Center will host two matches of the Gold Cup Group B, including Jamaica and Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

Without their star midfielder and star goalkeeper, Los Angeles will need Beckham and their strong backline to rise to the occasion. Omar Gonzalez, though he's been called up for national team duty before, won't be making an appearance at the Gold Cup.

D.C. United have been trying to regain some of their past glory. In a strong performance during a friendly against AFC Ajax, Blake Brettschneider scored a goal. His performance got him inserted into the starting lineup against Portland Timbers, and the rookie from the University of South Carolina set up two goals in United's 2-3 victory. The match was Portland's first home loss of the season.

The Galaxy's current six game unbeaten streak goes back to a 1-1 draw in DC on April 9th. Mike Magee and Charlie Davies traded goals, though Davies' goal was on a penalty. The controversial penalty came in the final minutes of the match, a match which Landon Donovan sat out. United haven't beaten the LA Galaxy at home since 2005.