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FC Dallas drops crucial home game to LAFC 3-2

The playoff chances are dashed in the loss for FC Dallas.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The playoff chances for FC Dallas looked decent for a moment as they went into halftime with a 2-1 lead but LAFC rode a hat trick from Cristian Arango to come from behind and win 3-2 on Wednesday night.

The loss eliminated FC Dallas from playoff contention in 2021 with four games remaining on the schedule.

Despite missing team-leading scorer Ricardo Pepi with a foot injury, FC Dallas got off to a good start in the 10th minute with a goal from Ryan Hollingshead. The defender slipped into the penalty box and took a nice pass from Jesus Ferreira to find the game’s first goal.

Arango tied things up following an early double-sub move from LAFC coach Bob Bradley in the 27th minute. Raheem Edwards drew a foul from Matt Hedges and Arango stepped up to the penalty spot and fired it past FC Dallas keeper Phelipe.

Dallas took the lead just before halftime on a goal from Franco Jara. Jader Obrian sped through the LAFC defense and found Jara open and the veteran cooly finished off the chance.

The second half was mostly LAFC and Arango. The first came in the 75th minute as video review had to be brought in to affirm the goal. The second came four minutes later to seal the game and the season for FC Dallas.

Instant Reaction: We all knew going into this one that the playoff chances were slim at best. Razor slim. Lottery winning slim. But for a brief moment, it did feel like things were turning around and looking positive in the first half. The attack was buzzing a bit more, partly due to Ferreira and Paxton Pomykal. The defense wasn’t leaking too many chances either. But once again, the second half showed that this club just didn’t have the bite or the fight in them to continue on here. The more this one went on, the more you can see the body language of these guys just wanting this season to be done and over already. I can’t blame them. I want that too.

Man of the match: Ugh, it isn’t worth it.

What’s next for FC Dallas: The club goes out west again to battle the LA Galaxy in a game that is now going to see FC Dallas in the spoiler role.