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FC Dallas battles Los Angeles FC to a 1-1 draw

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Ryan Hollingshead scores the lone Dallas goal.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at FC Dallas Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The winless streak continues for FC Dallas as they played Los Angeles FC for the second time in four days to a 1-1 draw on Sunday night.

Ryan Hollingshead scored a first half goal while Carlos Vela tied it up on a penalty kick in the second half.

FC Dallas nearly took the lead in the 27th minute on a goal from Pablo Aranguiz that was called offside. Thankfully two minutes later Dominique Badji drove down the left flank and sent a perfectly weighted ball into the penalty box where Hollingshead was wide open to slot home the game’s first goal.

LAFC nearly tied it up before the end of the first half on a controversial penalty kick when Bressan tackled Vela in an effort to save a goal from being scored. Bressan got all of the ball and some of the player but the center official pointed to the spot but Jesse Gonzalez dove right on the kick from Vela to keep the lead for FCD.

FCD went down to ten men early on in the second half as Matt Hedges denied a goal scoring opportunity on Vela and picked up a straight red card.

In the 60th minute, FCD had a red card shout of their own as Jesus Ferreira pressured Tyler Miller on the ball outside his penalty box. Ferreira was able to get Miller off the ball and the LAFC keeper opted to grab Ferreira’s shoulder. The ref gave Miller a yellow as the crowd cried for a red.

LAFC nearly got on the board in the 71st minute on a rocket of a shot from Diego Rossi. The shot curled towards the back post before Jesse Gonzalez was able to get a finger on the shot and push it out for safety.

LAFC was given a second penalty kick in the 79th minute on a handball from Bressan. This time Vela stepped up and hit a shot to Gonzalez’s left to tie up the game. The goal was Vela’s league-leading 14th of the year.

Instant Reaction: Aside from the calls on the field, you have to be happier about how this group played tonight as opposed to the last few games. There was certainly a little more hustle and effort out there early on, which was rewarded in the goal for Hollingshead. That being said, you can’t give away two penalties to any team, let alone a team as good as LAFC.

Man of the Match: It is hard not to give this to Jesse Gonzalez for the save on Vela, the save on Rossi and almost the save again on Vela. I’d also give a good nod to Jacori Hayes or Hollingshead for the effort as well.

What’s next for FC Dallas: Luchi Gonzalez’s side heads back out on the road as they go back to the West coast with a trip to Vancouver next weekend.