FCD improves to 3-1-4 with first road draw of the year
- Maxi Urruti ties team lead with 3rd goal of the season
- Dallas defense has allowed league-low 7 goals
- Kellyn Acosta makes 2018 debut off the bench in 61st minute
- FCD returns home to face LA Galaxy in Frisco on Saturday, May 12
LOS ANGELES (Saturday, May 5) – FC Dallas (3-1-4, 13 pts.) came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Los Angeles Football Club (5-2-1, 18 pts.) in the inaugural meeting between the two clubs on Saturday afternoon at Banc of California Stadium.
LAFC opened the scoring in the 9th minute as Steven Beitashour found himself on the end of a through ball from Diego Rossi that split the Dallas back line down the right wing. The defender finished off the sequence just outside the six-yard box, slotting a ball past Jimmy Maurer in goal.
Santiago Mosquera nearly tied things up for the second straight match in the 18th minute. The Colombian winger got past LAFC defender Walker Zimmerman inside the 18-yard box and found the end of a Reto Ziegler pass into the area. Mosquera sent a chip over goalkeeper Tyler Miller and was headed for goal before Laurent Ciman saved the lead with a goal-line clearance.
Mosquera would play a role in Dallas’ equalizer early in the second half, finding Maxi Urruti just outside the penalty area from the left flank. Urruti caught the pass and spun to his left, losing Ciman in the process, before firing a shot to the low, right-hand side of goal from 25 yards away.
Head coach Oscar Pareja brought on midfielder Kellyn Acosta in the 61st minute and Ryan Hollingshead in the 78th to protect the draw. Acosta’s appearance marked the Homegown’s 2018 debut after preseason sports hernia surgery.
LAFC - Steven Beitashour (Diego Rossi, Carlos Vela) - 9’
FCD - Maxi Urruti (Santiago Mosquera) - 55’
FC Dallas – Jimmy Maurer; Anton Nedyalkov, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon; Roland Lamah (Ryan Hollingshead - 78’), Victor Ulloa (Jacori Hayes - 44’), Carlos Gruezo, Michael Barrios (Kellyn Acosta - 61’); Santiago Mosquera, Maxi Urruti.
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Maynor Figueroa, Mauro Diaz, Cristian Colman.
LAFC – Tyler Miller; Jordan Harvey, Laurent Ciman, Walker Zimmerman, Steven Beitashour; Benny Feilhaber, Eduard Atuesta (Lee Nguyen - 73’); Carlos Vela, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Latif Blessing (Omar Gaber - 67’); Diego Rossi.
Substitutes Not Used: Aaron Kovar, Tristan Blackmon, Calum Mallace, Dejan Jakovic.
FCD – Victor Ulloa (caution) - 39’
FCD – Matt Hedges (caution) – 89’
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Jeffrey Greeson
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
Video Assistant Referee: Caleb Mendez
Weather: Sunny, 81