FC Dallas for now are sitting in first place in the Western Conference as they downed LAFC 2-1 on Saturday night.
The win saw FC Dallas’ unbeaten run extend to six games as Roland Lamah and Reto Ziegler scored goals on the night.
Dallas took the lead 25 minutes into the match on a free kick from Mauro Diaz. The Argentine playmaker played it short in the penalty box to Reggie Cannon who attempted a shot on goal that was deflected over to Ziegler who headed home his first in a Dallas uniform.
Lamah doubled the Dallas lead shortly after halftime in the 52nd minute. Ryan Hollingshead broke free into the midfield where he then found Lamah’s run. The veteran winger dribbled through two LAFC defenders before slotting home his sixth of the season.
LAFC was able to pull one back in the 60th minute as Benny Feilhaber found Adama Diomande open inside the penalty box. The former Hull City striker picked his head up and put a shot in past Jesse Gonzalez.
Dallas should have had a two goal lead again in the 88th minute on a breakaway between Maxi Urruti and Diaz. The two found a counter attack that saw Urruti free Diaz into the penalty box but Diaz’s attempt on goal was deflected just enough over the bar by Steven Beitashour.
LAFC was reduced to ten men in the 89th minute as Jordan Harvey picked up his second yellow card of the match on a late challenge against Jacori Hayes.
It was over when - Dallas put their foot down on the pedal in the last 10 minutes to keep possession and LAFC off the board.
Turning point - The double subs for FC Dallas in the second half that saw Victor Ulloa and Michael Barrios come on for Lamah and Santiago Mosquera. The two helped preserve the lead in different ways. Barrios was a threat with his speed, while Ulloa helped clog up passing lanes in the middle of the field.
One big positive for FCD - More positive play out of the outside backs in Reggie Cannon and Ryan Hollingshead. The defense outside of the goal from Diomande looked really good on this night.
What’s next - FC Dallas begins US Open Cup play next Wednesday as they travel south to take on San Antonio FC.