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Texas hat-trick: FC Dallas 2, LAFC 3

Chicho Arango’s first hat-trick in the MLS helps lift LAFC on the road.

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

LAFC hit the road, for the first of two matches away from The Banc, for a meeting with FC Dallas. While the home side is the only opponent left for LAFC that isn't in the extremely tight playoff race, they were still not to be taken likely. We all know LAFC needed to win out to really have a chance at a postseason, and at the end of a dramatic mid-week match, they left Texas with the full three points, getting the 3-2 win.

The first half horrors continued for LAFC this match. It took FC Dallas only ten minutes to find the first goal of the match, and take an early lead at home.

LAFC’s rising star, Chicho Arango, continued to be everywhere, and do everything he can to lift the black and gold. In the 33rd minute, after VAR confirmed a penalty decision in favor of LAFC, Arango stepped up to the spot and equalized. His shot was hit so well, not even the keeper’s mitts could keep it out.

Unfortunately, the end of halves continued to wreak havoc on LAFC, as FC Dallas were able to pass their way to a clear shot in the box, to take the lead heading into the halftime break. The big story of the first half, was seeing Head Coach Bob Bradley deploy a double substitution in just the 25th minute of the match. With only a handful of matches left, it’s clear changes will be made when necessary, no matter what time is on the clock.

The man of the moment, Chicho Arango, made his mark late in the second half in a massive way. In the 75th minute, the Colombian connected with Danny Musovski for the equalizer. Then, just minutes later in the 79th minute, he not only netted his hat-trick with a super strike, but gave LAFC the lead late.

The black and gold did well to see out the match, and complete the comeback on the road. The win makes it two straight for LAFC, as they sit in eighth place at the time of this writing. The work doesn't stop for the black and gold, who now travel to Minnesota United, for what will be a massive match in determining whether or not this team will see the postseason. A loss would almost assuredly mean their season ends without playoffs, but a win? A win gives them three straight, and a ton of belief going forward.

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