Los Angeles was moments away from victory in the nation's capital before Charlie Davies equalized for United in the last minute of the game.WASHINGTON, D.C. – Charlie Davies’ fourth goal of the season in the 90th minute earned ten-man D.C. United a point in a 1-1 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Los Angeles opened the scoring in the first half, as Mike Magee headed home a David Beckham corner for an early advantage.
After an open first half, the Galaxy looked to have weathered the storm in the second half, and Santino Quaranta’s dismissal late in the game looked to have ensured all three points for LA. However, Davies drew a penalty in the final minute, and converted to ensure the spoils were shared.
The game started off at a frantic pace, as both teams were in search of an early opening. David Beckham’s free kick in the 4th minute was headed out to Juninho, whose shot from 18 yards out was just wide of the United goal.
Josh Wolff had the first opportunity for United minutes later, but his header from Chris Korb’s cross from the right was wide of the mark.
Juninho tried his luck from long range again in the 12th minute, but United ‘keeper Bill Hamid parried the bouncing shot out for a corner.
It was from the resulting corner that LA took the lead. Beckham’s corner was sent in dangerously, and Mike Magee rose about everyone else in the box to head it home, giving Los Angeles the 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.
Both sides continued to create for the rest of the half, as neither team was content with the scoreline. Rookie forward Blake Brettschnieder fired high for United in the 15th minute, and Wolff’s cross for Pontius was just out of reach for the midfielder in the 20th minute.
Dejan Jakovic had the best chance for United in the 30th minute, but he failed to convert a golden opportunity to bring United back into the game. Santino Quaranta’s free kick was deflected in the box, and fell to Jakovic at the far post. But the defender’s volley was all wrong, preserving LA’s one goal advantage.
Los Angeles nearly doubled their advantage in the 35th minute, as Magee almost had his second goal of the night. Sean Franklin’s cross was spilled in the box by Hamid, and the ball fell to Magee with Hamid stranded. Magee’s shot was on target, but Ethan White was there on the line to clear the ball out.
The second half had all frantic pace of the first half, just without most of the chances. As the Galaxy began to weather the storm though, play was mostly one way traffic, as LA sat back and absorbed the pressure that United tried to pile on.
McCarty sent a teasing cross into the box in the 54th minute looking for Pontius, but the ball bounced just past the outstretched Pontius at the far post.
Wolff almost found a way through in the 67th minute, as he collected a pass from McCarty, and skipped past Leonardo in the LA defense. However, as Wolff bore down on goal, Donovan Ricketts was quick off his line to clear the ball well outside of the box.
With United pushing forward, it was inevitable that LA would have a chance at the other end, and Magee nearly doubled his tally again in the 81st minute. Jovan Kirovski’s cross was knocked down by Juan Pablo Angel, and Magee was there to collect, but Hamid pushed the shot wide of the goal.
United’s task was almost made impossible in the 84th minute, as Quaranta picked up a second yellow, reducing United to 10 men for the final five minutes of the match, despite the protests of the United players.
All was not lost for United though, and in the 90th minute, Charlie Davies equalized for the Black-and-Red from the penalty spot. Davies drew the penalty against Omar Gonzalez, and took the honors of finishing himself. With Ricketts diving to his left, Davies chipped the ball down the middle for the equalizer.Follow Goal.com on to get the latest soccer news directly. Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best soccer fan community in the world!