5.19 Set the Stage

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas Second Leg Against Los Angeles Football Club | 5.19.19

FC DALLAS vs. LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB 

MLS Regular Season, Week 12
May 19 - 6:30PM
Toyota Stadium - Frisco, TX
Texas 21  |  FCDallas.com/Radio  |  1270AM
#FCDvLAFC

FRISCO- FC Dallas returns home on Sunday to face LAFC for the second time in four days, while looking to overcome a loss on the road Thursday night. 

Head-to-Head

  • FCD record: 5-5-2 (17 pts., 5th in West)
  • LAFC record: 9-1-3 (30 pts., 1st in West)
  • FCD vs. LAFC all-time: 1-1-1 (3 GF, 4 GA)
  • FCD vs. LAFC Home: 1-0-0 (2 GF, 1 GA)

CURRENT FORM

  • LAFC won its second straight match on Thursday, taking a 2-0 win over Dallas with goals from Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi. Dallas is looking to bounce back at home this weekend, looking to end a three-game losing streak with just one point from their past four games.

HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE

  • FC Dallas has played 21 back-to-back regular season series all-time, posting a record of 13-5-3 at home, as opposed to a road record that is now 3-12-7. The four-day turnaround is the shortest window that FCD has faced an opponent back-to-back series since they faced the Columbus Crew twice in four days in 2000. FCD earned a home win in that series before heading on the road and taking a point out of Ohio. 

TARGET ACCURACY

  • Thursday's match saw Dallas' offense stifled with the second lowest shot total this season (7) and being held without shots on target for the first time this season. LAFC, on the other hand, had a total of 28 shots and continues to lead the league in shots taken with 252, while allowing the fewest shots against with 103. FCD will need to win the ball in the attacking half and challenge Tyler Miller in goal for a result at home.

SHUTTING DOWN THE ATTACK

  • While FC Dallas played defensively on the road, they still were unable to contain Carlos Vela for a full 90 minutes as the Golden Boot leader opened the scoring in the 39th minute. Vela recorded eight of LAFC’s shots in the game on Thursday and played the full 90 in all but one match since September 2018.

TEXAS TIES

  • Along with FCD’s heavy Texas presence, LAFC has multiple players on their roster with ties to Texas. Midfielder Lee Nguyen is originally from McKinney, TX while both Shaft Brewer and Niko Hamalainen each spent one season in FC Dallas Academy. Brewer played alongside FCD homegrowns Paxton Pomykal, Jesus Ferreira and Brandon ServaniaDefender Walker Zimmerman also spent five seasons in Dallas before being dealt to LAFC in December 2017. 

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