- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 21, 2005

Landon Donovan enjoyed quite a week.

The American star scored twice last night to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-2 victory, snapping D.C. United’s six-game unbeaten streak before 16,863 at RFK Stadium. The performance came three days after Donovan helped the United States defeat Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifying.

Donovan’s next game will be Tuesday with the MLS Select team against Spanish power Real Madrid.

“It was a good week,” Donovan said. “Two wins is always good, hopefully we can make it three on Tuesday in Madrid.”

United, which had won four straight, received goals from Bryan Namoff and Jaime Moreno.

“It doesn’t matter what you did in the past, you can’t look over your shoulder,” United coach Peter Nowak said. “I made a mistake to prepare this team for a win tonight. The body language and action wasn’t there. … I’m going to blame myself.”

The Galaxy, who won outside of California for the first time this year, received a gift goal against the run of play in the 28th minute on United defender Bobby Boswell’s own goal. Chris Albright set up the play with a pass to Cobi Jones on the right flank. Jones right-footed the ball across the United goal area where Boswell, attempting to clear the pass, sent the ball into the goal from six yards out past helpless goalie Nick Rimando.

It was Boswell’s second own-goal on the season. However, another defender — Namoff — headed in Christian Gomez’s 30-yard free kick nine minutes later for his first goal of the year. Gomez’s cross sailed over the Galaxy defense where the unmarked Namoff jumped high to glance the ball over L.A. goalie Kevin Hartman.

A flurry of Galaxy attacks followed. Rimando blocked a shot from Donovan, who had started to cause trouble for the United back line.

In the 45th minute, a stray cat ran on to the field across the Galaxy goal area, but it left before United forward Santino Quaranta blasted a shot just over the bar to end the entertaining first half.

Left-footed attacking defender John Wilson replaced midfielder Clyde Simms at the break for United, allowing Dema Kovalenko to move from the left to the middle and clog up Donovan’s path. It didn’t help much.

United gave up a free kick seven minutes after the interval, when Namoff fouled the charging Herculez Gomez. Donovan curled the kick perfectly over the nine-man United defensive wall and beyond the hands of Rimando to make it 2-1.

United tied the match in the 66th minute on Moreno’s penalty kick after the Bolivian was tripped by Ugo Ihemelu. It was Moreno’s 10th goal on the season and his seventh scored from the 12-yard spot.

A minute later Donovan struck again, heading home Jones’ cross from the left flank to restore the lead.

“To come back and score just put a nail in the coffin,” Donovan said.

In the last minute of regulation, United nearly tied it but Hartman blocked Kovalenko’s shot and Moreno hammered the rebound off the bar.

In injury-time, Namoff received his second yellow card on the night and was ejected.

Notes — Argentine defender Facundo Erpen remained on the bench and will probably make his league debut in the club’s game at New England next week. … Moreno had the ball in the net in the 18th minute after a fine pass from Gomez but the referee’s assistant flagged Moreno offside in what appeared a close call.

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