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FC Dallas struggles continue with 2-0 loss to LAFC

Luchi Gonzalez’s club is still winless away from home this season.

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FC Dallas fell 2-0 to LAFC on Wednesday night, adding to their winless rut that now dates back to the beginning of May.

Carlos Vela scored four minutes into this one and added an assist on the second half goal from Latif Blessing. Vela received a perfectly weighted ball from midfielder Eduard Atuesta and then took one touch before finding his first goal of the season.

LAFC dominated the first half by limiting FC Dallas to zero shots on goal, while nearly doubling their lead in the 44th minute as when Jose Cifuentes’ shot from outside the box was saved by Jimmy Maurer. The veteran keeper ended the night with six saves.

The hosts doubled their lead from Blessing in the 68th minute. Vela sent a ball across the goal line and Blessing was there to meet it, scoring from close range.

Instant Reaction: You knew that this game was either going to be a tight one that somehow FC Dallas would squeeze out a draw in or one that they’d get blown away in. Just from the jump when you saw the 3-5-2 formation, it felt like maybe things were different with Justin Che getting his professional debut, or Jesus Ferreira getting his first start of the season, or even seeing no Franco Jara in the starting lineup again. There was some hope but it was quickly dashed away as the defense continues to be a pain point that hasn’t been properly figured out and the attack, well, just came out flat when you see that they only ended up with one shot on goal in the entire game.

Once again, we have a lot of questions to ask of this bunch and with each passing week, you really have to wonder what the state of this locker room really is becoming.

Man of the match: In a way, you have to give it to Maurer, who had six saves and kept the game as close as he could.

What’s next for FC Dallas: The club returns to Frisco for a pair of home games, first this weekend against Eastern Conference power New England Revolution before hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 4.