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D.C. United Vs. LA Galaxy - Whose Defense Is Better?

Would A.J. DeLaGarza even start for D.C. United?
Would A.J. DeLaGarza even start for D.C. United?

If you read our joint preview with LAG Confidential of the D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy matchup on Sunday, then you might have noticed the little jab that Josie took at us at the very end.

Go back and read it again. I'll wait.

So the Galaxy don't want their defense to wind up like United's, eh? Well guess what. I don't want United's defense to wind up like the Galaxy's. I would've been crazy to say this any of the past three years, but as of today, I would take United's defense over the Galaxy's.

The back line for LA features an experienced leader in left back Todd Dunivant, who would definitely start ahead of Daniel Woolard in D.C. Dunivant would be a great addition to this team. But once we get past him, my jealousy fades.

In the middle, LA has a decent young player in AJ DeLaGarza, but has been rotating between MLS journeyman Andrew Boyens and rookie Tommy Meyer at the other center back spot. The last time Boyens was a regular starter was in 2009 when he was with the New York Red Bulls. Do I need to remind you what that team's record was? Meyer was the last pick of the first round of the 2012 MLS Draft out of Indiana and could turn into a good pro, but his inexperience was evident against Real Salt Lake last Saturday. To add further perspective, if either Boyens or Meyer was a member of United, he would be battling with Ethan White to be our fourth best center back. And would probably lose that battle.

On the right of the formation is Sean Franklin. He's a pretty good physical defender who likes to get forward and does so quite well. You might even call him a younger version of Robbie Russell. But that doesn't mean I would want him on this team over Russell, but that might be just for personal reasons. I still haven't forgiven Franklin for his reckless tackle that nearly broke Chris Pontius' leg just as he was finally getting back to full health in 2010. Sean Franklin is high on my list of least favorite MLS players.

If you want to take another step back and look between the pipes, LA has allowed Donovan Ricketts to move on to the Montreal Impact this season, and is starting Josh Saunders in his place. Would I take him over Bill Hamid? Not a chance.

The Galaxy have given up two, three, and two goals so far in their three matches this season. United has given up only one, while playing against the highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference. So no, I wouldn't trade the D.C. defense for LA's.

But I don't think I could say that about any other part of the team...