We drove five hours to see the LA Galaxy, David Beckham and Robbie Keane did not play

Sheri and I took a road trip yesterday to Columbus, Ohio to watch the LA Galaxy play the Columbus Crew. We purchased the tickets and reserved the hotel room shortly after the Galaxy acquired Robbie Keane. We thought it would be fun to see Keane, David Beckham, and U.S. national star Landon Donovan play in person.

As it turned out, we did something yesterday that both Keane and Beckham failed to do: we were actually at the game. Both Beckham and Keane were no-shows. They were both back in Los Angeles. Donovan, the leading candidate of MLS MVP, didn’t start the game, but came off the bench in the second half.

As luck would have it, it turned out to be a fantastic game. We had seats mid-field, 15 rows up. Who knew the Galaxy b-team would be so competitive against the regular Crew startling lineup? The Galaxy won 1-0, scoring the lone goal in the 93rd minute.

It was an exciting game. It’s the first time we’ve seen a game in a stadium build specifically for soccer. Though I enjoyed the play on the field and liked the stadium, the Crew fans left a lot to be desired. There was a one obnoxious group of Crew supporters in one corner that would throw these stupid yellow streamer things at Galaxy players when they lined up to make a corner kick. One of them even through burning smoke bomb on the field. I don’t know how you can claim to have respect for the game when you engage in such acts.

Not all of the Crew fans were bad. When Landon Donovan was substituted into the game, he got a warm welcome from the Crew fans. There was one obnoxious Crew supporter sitting up front who turned around and leveled a sharp rebuke to his fellow Crew fans for cheering for Donovan. In the fan’s defense, maybe he didn’t watch the World Cup, is legally mentally retarded, or maybe he has a crush on Bianca Kajlich.

Perhaps it was a combination of the three.

As nice as the stadium was, the parking lot was horrendous. We sat in the car last night at least an hour waiting to get out. It did only cost $10 to park and unlike the parking outside JFK in Washington DC, the pavement didn’t look like the surface of the Moon.

Though we had fun, I don’t think we’ll be taking another road trip to see an LA Galaxy game. Driving over 300 miles to see the LA Galaxy Lite even once is one time too many for me.

Photo: Jamie Sabau, Getty Images

Everton FC beats D.C. United 3-1

Last night Everton FC beat the DC United 3-1. Even though advertisements pertaining to last night’s game all featured the name and photo of Everton goalkeeper, American Tim Howard, he did not play last night. Instead, he signed autographs for people who purchased special sideline tickets. He then sat on the bench. D.C. United striker Charlie Davies, also featured prominently in the same advertisements, didn’t play in last night’s game either. Reportedly he stayed out of last night’s friendly because of a sore knee. I’m sure the temperature (it was over 100 degrees at kickoff) had nothing to do with it.

Speaking of people not showing up, there weren’t a lot of fans in attendance last night. I think the heat had a lot to do with it. Sheri and I brought two bottles of water in with us and I had mine gone before the game even started. Thankfully, the concession stands were selling bottles of water for only $4. As hot as it was, they could charge even more for it.

We stopped in at the official team store before the match and for some stupid reason, the air conditioning was turned off. It felt like it was 130 degrees in there.

I was hoping that Everton was going to set up a merchandise table, but if they did, I didn’t see it. It was a missed opportunity. There were probably more Everton fans in attendance last night than D.C. United fans.

The game was actually quite good. Everton quickly went up 2-0, but United never let up. They only scored one goal, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

RFK Stadium is a dump. There is a reason the Redskins left in 1996 and the Nationals in 2007. It’s a shame the D.C. United cannot get a soccer-only facility like so many other MLS teams. As successful as the franchise as been since the creation of the MLS, you’d think the team could play somewhere that shouldn’t be on the other end of a wrecking ball.