FRISCO, TX. (June 2, 2018) – FC Dallas looked to continue their winning ways Saturday evening against Los Angeles FC. With goals from Reto Ziegler and Roland Lamah, FC Dallas would dominate in the heat at home to earn all three points.
Roland Lamah, FC Dallas Handle LAFC 2-1
FC Dallas came into Saturday’s match looking for three wins in a row. Dallas earned a non-match victory just days before, as Cristian Colmán’s red card from Wednesday was rightfully rescinded, making him available for Saturday.
Lineups and Match-ups
Oscar Pareja lined up his side in a 4-3-3 formation that has really thrived as of recently. Mauro Diaz would go the full 90 minutes running the midfield with Carlos Gruezo and Kellyn Acosta. Dallas would look early and often to find Maxi Urruti and company against Walker Zimmerman, the former FCD center back. Lethal attacking speed and blistering hot temperatures are a nightmare combination for defenders to deal with, and Dallas would exploit this all night.
LAFC, without star forward Carlos Vela, would struggle to find connectivity between the lines and the final third in attack. Dallas native Lee Nguyen would lead the starting XI for the away side but was limited in space and time with the ball by Dallas.
Dallas Goals and Defensive Struggles
LAFC allowed Dallas to control the tempo most of the match, and it would cost them early. FC Dallas worked a set piece free kick in the 25th minute, just outside of the LAFC goal box. Mauro Diaz played a quick square ball to Reggie Cannon, whose first-time shot was blocked but redirected into the middle of the goal box. Reto Ziegler was quick to react and headed home his first goal with his new team.
Dallas would double their lead early in the second half. Ryan Hollingshead attacked down the left side and into the final third. He would play a ball across the top of the box, where Lamah deftly flicked a ball between two defenders and calmly finished passed Tyler Miller. Roland Lamah, FC Dallas’ joint top scorer now, continues to find ways into the box and finish, as well as setting up his teammates for goals. He has played a pivotal role in the Dallas attack in 2018.
LAFC would pull one back late with second-half substitute Adama Diomandé. Benny Feilhaber and Diomandé worked a quick one-two that left Matt Hedges in the dust. Diomandé would have another chance late on, but his attempt found the hands of Jesse Gonzalez. The last 20 minutes of matches have been a struggle for the Dallas defense, and Saturday was no exception, as LAFC pushed forward to find the equalizer. But the home side was able to hold on for the 2-1 win, allowing fans to enjoy the win and the post-match fireworks show.
FC Dallas now finds themselves atop the MLS Western Conference with 26 points. They will have another quick turnaround, as they will travel to San Antonio midweek for a U.S. Open Cup match against San Antonio F.C. They will then head back up I-35 to host the Montreal Impact in Frisco Saturday night. We can expect several changes in the lineup for Wednesday as the players have done quite a bit of travelling and training the past nine days. No matter who starts and when Dallas look to be firing on all cylinders and a serious contender for hardware in 2018.