Point in Los Angeles earns FC Dallas historic “double”
CARSON, Calif. (October 23, 2016) – Two down, one to go. FC Dallas completed an historic “double” on Sunday at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles with a 0-0 draw against the Galaxy earning Dallas the Supporters’ Shield trophy awarded to the top team in the Major League Soccer standings at the end of the regular season.
As part of MLS Decision Day, FC Dallas vs Los Angeles kicked off simultaneously with nine other games across the country including Colorado vs Houston. FC Dallas went into the match knowing a win or draw would secure the Shield along with a Colorado draw or loss to Houston.
FCD started the match on the front foot nearly taking the lead in the 9th minute. A corner kick sent in by Kellyn Acosta made it into the box and Atiba Harris hit it on the bounce. The shot pinged off the post denying FC Dallas an early lead.
In a half of few chances, LA nearly took the lead on the stroke of halftime as a set piece sent in by Landon Donovan found the diving head of Mike Magee but his effort was just wide.
In the 60th minute, FCD came close to finding a lead as Maynor Figueroa’s cross was just beyond the head of Kellyn Acosta, the ensuing cross found Carlos Gruezo at the top of the box but his rocket was straight at goalkeeper Brian Rowe.
The final minutes ticked off without any solid chances for either side and with Colorado drawing Houston 1-1, FC Dallas knew a couple minutes before the final whistle that they had secured the Supporters Shield for the first time.
FC Dallas ends the 2016 regular season with a 17-8-9 record good for 60 points. This is the second-straight season FC Dallas has attained 60 points, the first time in MLS history any club has done that.
Oscar Pareja’s side now will wait until Thursday night to determine their Western Conference Semifinal opponent as the Western Conference knockout round games take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Dallas will travel to a TBD opponent for leg one on Sunday, October 30th at a TBD time.
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Atiba Harris, Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta(Victor Ulloa 83), Ryan Hollingshead, Tesho Akindele(Mauro Rosales 63), Michael Barrios, Maxi Urruti(Aubrey David)
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Norberto Paparatto, Carlos Ruiz, Carlos Lizarazo
LA Galaxy – Brian Rowe, Robbie Rogers, AJ DeLaGarza, Jelle Van DAmme, Dave Romney, Jeff Larentowicz, Rafael Garcia (Baggio Husidic 76), Raul Mendiola (Emmanuel Boateng 65), Landon Donovan, Mike Magee, Ari Lassiter (Alan Gordon 65)
Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, Leonardo, Dan Steres, Baggio Husidic, Jose Villarreal, Emmanuel Boateng, Alan Gordon
LA: Landon Donovan (Caution) 31
DAL: Tesho Akindele(Caution) 39
DAL: Carlos Gruezo(Caution) 47
DAL: Mauro Rosales(Caution) 90+
Referee: Chris Penso
Referee Assistants: Ian Anderson, Eric Boria
Fourth Official: Ricardo Salazar
Weather: Cloudy, 78