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That's A Wrap: Analysis of FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy

FRISCO – All the intangibles were in Dallas’ favor tonight as FCD hosted LA in front of a record crowd at FC Dallas Stadium. But the combination of Mike Magee and Robbie Keane was too much for the Dallas defense and FCD dropped a disappointing 1-0 result to LA.

1)     In a scene reminiscent of the shutout a few weeks ago against San Jose, defender Hernan Pertuz kept the Galaxy off the board with a sliding clearance off the line. A fantastic combination between Juninho, Mike Magee and Robbie Keane split the FC Dallas center backs and freed the Irishman in on goal in the 35th minute. Keane rounded Hartman and sent a shot towards goal, but Pertuz slid in to intercept the shot, sending it harmlessly over the endline.

2)     FC Dallas had their best chance of the game an hour into the match. Second-half substitute Fabian Castillo sent in a curling ball that 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira chested to forward Scott Sealy. The Trinidad and Tobago international’s first time shot tested goalkeeper Josh Saunders, but the shot was eventually smothered. It’s a testament to the fine defensive job that Los Angeles did on the evening that a half-chance was all Dallas could muster against the Galaxy defense featuring Dallas-native Omar Gonzalez.

3)     It seemed like it was just a matter of time before Magee and Keane struck and in the 62nd minute, the duo broke the deadlock. Just seconds after Sealy’s chance on goal, the Galaxy quickly moved the ball into Dallas’ end. Keane was able to find Magee at the top of the box and the winger made no mistake picking out his corner to score his fifth goal of the season. Schellas Hyndman noted after the game that Magee and Keane had way too much time on the ball and it was a problem that FCD was never really able to figure out during the game.