FRISCO – FC Dallas (7-1-5) defeated LAFC, 2-1, tonight at Toyota Stadium.
Mauro Diaz came free on the right flank and earned a set piece in a dangerous spot for FC Dallas in the 25th minute. Diaz took the kick, hitting a low, sharp pass to Reggie Cannon. The right back struck a first touch shot towards goal that was deflected by an LAFC defender. The ball caromed towards the back post, where Reto Ziegler was first to react, heading a ball past LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller to give FCD a 1-0 lead.
The goal was Ziegler’s first since joining FC Dallas in the offseason and the team’s first set piece goal in 2018.
Ziegler’s center back partner, Matt Hedges nearly made it a two-goal lead in the 37thminute. On an FCD corner kick earned by Maxi Urruti, Hedges came free of his marker and headed a ball low towards the back post. Miller came across his line for LAFC and made a diving save to his right side to keep it 1-0.
Ryan Hollingshead picked up the ball at midfield just after halftime and ran 40 yards up field before slipping a pass inside for Roland Lamah. Lamah pushed the ball around a defender, caught up to it on the opposite side, and beat Miller, low to his right side to make it, 2-0.
LAFC pulled a goal back in the 61st minute when Benny Fielhaber split two FCD defenders to find second-half substitute Adama Diomande inside the area. Diomande moved left away from his defender before firing a low shot past FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez to make it, 2-1.
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Ryan Hollingshead, Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler, Reggie Cannon, Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta (Jacori Hayes 73), Roland Lamah (Victor Ulloa 67), Mauro Diaz, Santiago Mosquera (Michael Barrios 66), Maxi Urruti.
Substitutes not used: Jimmy Maurer, Maynor Figueroa, Tesho Akindele, Cristian Colman.
LAFC – Tyler Miller, Tristan Blackmon, Walker Zimmerman (Shaft Brewer 77), Joao Moutinho (Jordan Harvey 55), Steven Beitashour, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Benny Feilhaber, Eduard Atuesta, Latif Blessing, Diego Rossi, Lee Nguyen (Adama Diomande 56).
Substitutes not used: Calum Mallace, Aaron Kovar, James Murphy, Charlie Lyon.
DAL: Reto Ziegler 25
DAL: Roland Lamah (Ryan Hollingshead) 52
LAFC: Adama Diomande (Benny Feilhaber) 61
LAFC – Lee Nguyen (caution) 49
DAL – Carlos Gruezo (caution) 70
LAFC – Jordan Harvey (caution) 72
LAFC – Jordan Harvey (caution) 90
LAFC – Jordan Harvey (ejection) 90
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 100 degrees
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker, Kyle Atkins
4th Official: Daniel Radford
VAR: Younes Marrakchi