The stars may be big and bright at night deep in the heart of Texas but the big stars certainly came out swinging for the LA Galaxy on Sunday night as they downed FC Dallas 3-2. LA got goals from all three of their Designated Players in the win while Dallas attempted to comeback with goals from Michael Barrios and Atiba Harris.
LA entered the match on a bit of a slump, not scoring in their last 279 minutes. That all changed 11 minutes into the match on some quick passing between Robbie Keane, Sebastian Lletget and Giovani dos Santos. The Mexican international picked up the ball in the Dallas defensive end and quickly passed the ball off to Keane, who found the overlapping run of Gyasi Zardes. Zardes would cross the ball back into the penalty box for dos Santos to finish home the game's first goal.
LA doubled their lead in the 14th minute on a goal from Keane. Once again it would be Keane, dos Santos and Lletget with the quick passing in the Dallas defensive end. Dos Santos would spring Keane free around the penalty box and the Irish international would hammer home his firs goal of the match.
Dallas would respond though late in the first half on a wild goal from Barrios. In the 35th minute, Mauro Diaz played a perfect ball over the Galaxy defense to Barrios, who headed the ball over Donovan Ricketts to cut the Galaxy lead in half.
LA would add a third goal after halftime though with Steven Gerrard finding the eventual game winner. In the 55th minute, after some real heavy pressure from the Galaxy that saw the ball hit the crossbar several times, a dos Santos shot would be hit out by Homegrown keeper Jesse Gonzalez but only far enough to Gerrard, who would finish home the goal to extend the Galaxy lead.
Dallas again responded late in the half with a goal from Harris in the 86th minute. This time it would be the Dallas defense that set up the goal as Matt Hedges played the ball wide to Ryan Hollingshead, who then played Je-Vaughn Watson on the right side. Watson then crossed the ball to Harris at the top of the 18-yard box and he would calmly finish the ball home.
Dallas pushed for an equalizer but was too late on the effort.
FCD will return to action next Sunday as they host the third and final regular season match with their Texas rivals Houston.