Los Angeles Galaxy vs. FC Dallas: Analysis, Reaction and More
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Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy will be without the services of Landon Donovan and David Beckham when they travel to FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas to face Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas on Saturday.
The Galaxy currently sport a 9-10-3 record (30 points) and sit in fifth place in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. As for FC Dallas, they have had an even tougher year. The Hoops have a record of 5-10-7 (22 points) and a loss could potentially cost Hyndman his job as manager.
Robbie Keane will look to lead the charge for Los Angeles. The Irish international has a team-high nine goals this season and will be needed to finish in the blistering East Texas heat. Meanwhile, FC Dallas will look to help from Blas Perez and Brek Shea to push them forward.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.
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No Landon Donovan? No David Beckham? No problem for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, who struggled in the East Texas heat to earn a 1-0 victory over Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex.
A chance for Scott Sealy to put the match on level terms in the 64th minute of play just sailed over the bar. Some extracurricular activities took place in the 67th minute, forcing match referee Hilario Grajeda to set some order.
A chance for Robbie Keane in the 76th minute was denied by the FC Dallas backline tandem of Zach Loyd and George John. In the 82nd minute, Jackson nearly evened the score but the header went wide left.
In the 86th minute, Josh Saunders had to come off his line to make a sweep. Andrew Jacobson had his chance to put the match on level terms but that was not well-hit. Sealy was offsides on a chance in the third minute of stoppage time.
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Mike Magee is back. In the 62nd minute, he broke open the scoreless deadlock thanks to a delivery from Robbie Keane. It’s 1-0 Los Angeles Galaxy over FC Dallas. The goal is Magee’s fourth of the season.
Early in the second half, a chance for FC Dallas’s Scott Sealy was challenged by Omar Gonzalez, who conceded a corner for Jackson in the 47th minute. Andrew Jacobson didn’t get a good head on it, though. Bryan Gaul tried to deliver a cross in the 49th minute of play but found no one.
In the 56th minute, Fabian Castillo tried to slot in a cross but that was out for a throw. In the 57th minute, a shot for Juninho sailed wide left. At the hour mark, A.J. DeLaGarza had to keep Castillo in check, conceding a corner that was cleared, and Scott Sealy nearly took advantage of the rebound.
The match is now wide open and the onus is on Dallas to respond in Frisco.
It’s halftime, and there is no score between the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas.
A chance for Robbie Keane in the 26th minute sailed wide right. Mike Magee took a hit in the 27th minute but won a free kick for the Galaxy. David Junior Lopes attempted to head one in 28 minutes into the contest but never was in position to make a play for the ball.
In the 30th minute, Scott Sealy broke loose, but his shot went wide right. In the 34th minute, a shot from Magee found the arms of Kevin Hartman. In the 35th minute, Hernan Pertuz held Robbie Keane in check, conceding a corner that was cleared by Kevin Hartman. Hartman himself conceded another corner a minute later, and that was cleared.
In the 39th minute, Jackson’s next corner was punched out by Josh Saunders. A minute later, a Jackson free kick sailed wide right. Kevin Hartman came off his line in the 44th minute to deny Juninho. Andre Jacobson nearly had one in the 45th minute, but sailed wide.
LA are very unfortunate to not be leading this match. But the lack of Landon Donovan and David Beckham has made FC Dallas a tough nut to crack this week.
After 25 minutes, it’s scoreless between the Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas.
Early in the first half, a ball possession war in the East Texas heat gave way to FC Dallas earning their first chance on goal in the fifth minute. A free kick found the feet of Andrew Jacobson, but the volley from close distance was not well hit.
In the eighth minute, a free kick from Juninho was wide and eventually cleared by FCD’s backline. In the 10th minute, Jackson nearly broke loose on goal but won a corner that was too long for Zach Loyd. A shot for Mike Magee in the 12th minute from Marcelo Sarvas was not delivered with pace.
In the 17th minute, FC Dallas won another free kick opportunity at the expense of Marcelo Sarvas. After the initial clearance, the home team continued to dominate possession and had their next set piece opportunity in the 20th minute of play for Daniel Hernandez, but he pulled it wide.
LA’s first corner in the 22nd minute nearly found Omar Gonzalez but he headed it high. In the 24th minute. Andrew Jacobson won a corner for the Hoops but was headed wide by Loyd.
\A major key component in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday was defender Omar Gonzalez, who logged in 63 minutes against Spurs and didn’t show any signs of injury.
“I feel really good. Everything is feeling normal, I’m not that sore right now which is a great sign and I feel like I’m getting a lot closer to 90 minutes,” Gonzalez told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano on Tuesday. “The knee feels great right now. There are no problems with it.”
That bring up the million-dollar question to be answered this weekend: will Gonzalez start against FC Dallas? A possible backline of A.J. DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, David Junior Lopes and Bryan Gaul seems to be in the works for Bruce Arena.
“We’ll see how I feel,” Gonzalez added. “I definitely want to get the start and hopefully Bruce puts me out there for the start, but we’ll see what happens.”
\Midfielder Mike Magee knew all too well the repercussions of not living up to the moniker of defending MLS Champions. A slow start, combined with infighting in the locker room, made life pretty miserable for the Los Angeles Galaxy early in the season.
“It was bad,” Magee told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French on Thursday. “We downplayed it a bit, but it wasn't like us. There's a lot of veteran guys and guys like myself that just weren't performing. We'd all look at each other, and the worst part was we weren't fighting for each other.
“Obviously, last year, there were times guys had bad days, but everyone else just picked it up. This year, no one was picking other guys up.”
But with the wins now starting to come, the locker room has become a little less hostile and a lot more friendly. And the Galaxy? It was back to business as usual.
“We know we've turned the corner,” Magee added. “So no matter what the result is, we're all battling for the each other and we believe in each other again.”