The Wizards took the early lead against the Galaxy, but couldn't hold on and stretched their winless streak to 8 games now. The Galaxy came out from the start and were the more aggressive team from the beginning. Kevin Hartman was forced to make a few early saves on Landon Donovan and a David Beckham cross to keep the game scoreless. In the 26th minute, Herculez Gomez cleared a long throw by Todd Dunivant to Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez around midfield. Gonzalez made a mess of his first touch which went right to Claudio Lopez. Lopez took a touch towards the middle of the field, saw that Donovan Ricketts was off his line and fired a shot that went just over the Galaxy keepers hand and into the net giving the Wizards a 1-0 lead. On the play, Ricketts hit the post and ended up having to be subbed out.
Less than 10 minutes after that goal, though, the Galaxy were level. Santiago Hirsig gave the ball away easily around midfield to Beckham, who immediately found Donovan. Donovan dribbled at the Wizards defense, cut in and put a shot just out of reach of Hartman and into the net. Late in the first half, Donovan had the chance to make it two after getting played in behind the Wizards defense, but Hartman came off his line quickly and was able to block the shot.
In the second half, the Wizards started early and tried to find a second, as Lopez forced a good save out of Josh Saunders on a free kick from the right side. Neither side created any great scoring chances as the half went on, but of the chances created, it was the Galaxy that seemed to get the better ones. In the 78th, Lopez once again was going for goal from a free kick, this time from out by the right side line. Lopez's shot rattled the cross bar came down and struck Gonzalez in the arm before it was cleared, but no penalty was called on the play. In the end, the Wizards had picked up the pressure in the second half, but were unable to get a goal or many dangerous chances other than Lopez's two free kicks.
Also during the game, Beckham once again got into a small confrontation with a fan, only this time, the fan didn't come onto the field to shake Beckham's hand after the guy made comments about his wife. Considering that he's played in some pretty hostile environments around the world, how he has such thin skin that it annoys him enough to call the guy a disgrace is just mind boggling.
Wizards Man of the Match - Kevin Hartman - Hartman came up big multiple times during the game making good saves mainly on Donovan but on other players as well.
Honorable Mention - Rauwshan McKenzie
Player Ratings - Hartman 7, Leathers 5, Hohlbein 5, McKenzie 6, Besler 5, Hirsig 4, Gomez 5, Jewsbury 5, Espinoza 4, Wolff 5, Lopez 6. Subs Cristman 5, Thompson NR