Full time: LAFC 2, FC Dallas 0. Good game, and three more points in the pocket. Thanks for following along, and we’ll have plenty more coverage of this match.
83rd minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Diego Rossi walks the ball into the net, but it’s initially called off. In the end, Video Review overturns it, so it’s changed to a goal by VAR.
39th minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Eduard Atuesta finds Carlos Vela making a run to split the defense, and Vela does what he does with a terrific curler. LAFC up 1-0!
10th minute: Off the post! Carlos Vela with a pretty free kick, but it rebounds off the crossbar. Still 0-0.
LAFC don’t change what ain’t broke:
FC Dallas, meanwhile, have to make some adjustments with some injuries:
Last Saturday, LAFC traveled to Ohio for a clash with the Crew, ending in a 3-0 win for Bob Bradley’s squad. Per usual, the midfield trio of Mark-Anthony Kaye, Eduard Atuesta, and Latif Blessing was instrumental. Once again, they provided the squad with a balance of a defensive presence in the middle and defensive thirds, respectively, while remaining lethal in attack, creating chances for LAFC’s skilled forwards.
The match was filled with positives as Adama Diomande made his return to the scoresheet, slotting a rebound past Columbus GK Joe Bendik. The moment of the match, however, was an exquisite left-footed curler by none other than Carlos Vela.
Carlos Vela scores many golazos, but this goal really represents everything about him as a player.— Joga Bonito (@Jasoninho10) May 12, 2019
Tracks back and wins a loose ball, accelerates into space, glides past challenges on the dribble, spectacular left-footed strike from distance. A joy to watch!#MLS #LAFC ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/rYr1jTWoUd
At this point in “Carlitos’” career, MLS fans have become immune to being surprised by the performances that he puts forth.
Luchi Gonzalez’s FC Dallas side has had a decent start to the 2019 MLS campaign as they currently sit 5th in the Western Conference with a sum of 15 points. As of late, FC Dallas have been unable to remain consistent as the squad has been hampered with injuries. Losers of their last two, Luchi’s boys will come into The Banc seeking to withdraw a positive result.
On the injury front, midfielders Alejandro Guido (quad strain) and Javi Perez (groin strain) have been listed as “questionable” for Thursday’s match. For FC Dallas, promising young midfielder Paxton Pomykal has been ruled out of the match as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Midfielder Santiago Mosquera has also been ruled out as he deals with a knee injury. Christian Colman (ACL), Francis Atuahene (pectoral rupture), Carlos Gruezo (lower body strain), Dominique Badji (hip), and Bryan Acosta (sore ankle) have all been listed as “questionable,” respectively.
Vegas bookmakers currently favor LAFC at (-315), while listing FC Dallas as sizable underdogs (+825). The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+430) (Via Westgate LV).
How to Watch:
Thursday’s Western Conference match-up between Los Angeles Football Club and FC Dallas will be televised nationally by ESPN 2 starting at 7 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
The game will also be carried by local radio affiliates ESPN 710 and KFWB 980.