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5 takeaways from LAFC’s 1-1 draw with FC Dallas

C’mon, a draw was bound to happen some time, right?

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Los Angeles FC midfielder Lee Nguyen (24) moves the ball against FC Dallas forward Maximiliano Urruti (37) and midfielder Jacori Hayes (15) during the second half at Banc of California Stadium.
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Okay, I will admit, it was rather frustrating to watch Los Angeles Football Club’s match with FC Dallas Saturday.

Many of those reasons I will describe as we look at five takeaways from Saturday’s 1-1 draw:

You’re right, it was bound to happen

Very rarely does a team go through an entire season without at least one tie. Actually, since 2000, no team has managed to go through an entire season without recording at least one draw in the big European leagues — Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue One.

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Los Angeles FC defender Steven Beitashour (3) celebrates his goal scored against FC Dallas during the first half at Banc of California Stadium.
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So, the draw against FC Dallas Saturday shouldn’t be a real surprise because the odds were LAFC were going to notch a draw at some point.

That said, the manner of which they drew may be a point for debate … see below.

Steven Beitashour is actually pretty good:

The Iranian international has been looking for a solid home for many years now and he may have found it in Los Angeles.

He was able to pick up his first goal of the season Saturday, which you can see right here:

Keep in mind, Beitashour has a ton of experience under his belt and has won more hardware than just about anyone else on the squad. That came through in this game.

Defense is still not too shabby

Okay, so LAFC let one in during the second half.

All-in-all, LAFC’s defense is still, in my humble opinion, one of the best in the league. And, captain Laurent Ciman continues to impress on the back line:

We all know Ciman can score, but his real talent is illustrated with the video above.

Just keep that in mind the next time you are wondering about the Black-and-Gold defense.

Second time, just as good as the first

It might not have been a win, but something has to be said about the LAFC home faithful.

You can call the first home game last week a fluke because of the newness of Banc of California Stadium and the shiny new puppy that is LAFC. But, in the second act, the crowd was just as much behind the team as it was in the first game.

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Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) moves the ball against FC Dallas during the second half at Banc of California Stadium.
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In fact, even though I wasn’t there, I would venture a guess that the crowd Saturday was just as big, if not bigger than the season opener.

Good for you, LAFC fans … good for you!

Now, we can get into the season

I know, I know, we are already in the season, but what I mean is really get into the season.

All the fanfare of the road trip, the pageantry of the home opener and even the first derby game are already out of the way.

Now, we can get down to business and play football.

No more distractions, no more hype … just good, old-fashioned football.

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