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Just Not Our Day: FC Dallas 2, LAFC 1

LAFC dropped all three points on the road to one of the top teams in the West.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club took a tough loss on Saturday night to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium, dropping their second match out of their last three, by a score of 2-1.

The first 25 minutes featured LAFC and Dallas both struggling to get into a rhythm. The deadlock, however, was broken when a Mauro Diaz free kick went to Reggie Cannon inside the box. Although Joao Moutinho was able to deflect the ball with his legs, the ball went right up to Reto Ziegler, who headed it past Mark-Anthony Kaye and Tyler Miller into the net for the first goal of the night.

The second goal came just six minutes after the halftime break, when Ryan Hollingshead sent the ball to Roland Lamah on a counter attack. Tristan Blackmon attempted a tackle while Moutinho cut in front of Lamah, but the ball continued rolling forward in the box and Lamah was able to keep going, and put the ball into the back of the net to double Dallas’ lead with a nice finish.

The turning point for LAFC came a few minutes later, when Bob Bradley made his first substitutions: Lee Nguyen exited to make way for Adama Diomande, and Moutinho came out for Jordan Harvey. Diomande quickly made the difference for the Black-and-Gold, slotting home his first LAFC goal with a clinical finish off a great give-and-go with Benny Feilhaber.

LAFC were never really able to get their offensive system and rhythm together. Dallas’ press was disruptive from the beginning, and although LAFC was able to stop the attack early, a defensive breakdown from a set piece led to the first goal. The second goal was the result of a turnover that led to a counter, and a lack of closing down by the defense. Lamah should not have been able to get the ball back after two defenders got in his way and attempted tackles, but Moutinho did not stop Lamah from continuing, and Blackmon was behind him. Dallas, frankly, could have had several more goals, with Tyler Miller stepping up several times to save close-range shots.

Another note of bad news for LAFC is that Jordan Harvey got himself sent off after earning two yellow cards in 17 minutes, for two bad and not really necessary fouls.

This loss keeps LAFC in third place in the West, five points behind Dallas in first. LAFC has the chance to get their form back against Fresno FC in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, but have a quick turnaround to go to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. The good news for Bob Bradley’s men is that, frankly, San Jose is not the quality of FC Dallas — they have lost five out of their last seven, and have just two wins all season. Can LAFC capitalize?

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