Forward Max Urruti scored the tying goal in the 55th minute and Jimmy Maurer had three saves as FC Dallas earned a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Football Club on Saturday afternoon at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
Defender Steven Beitashour scored for expansion LAFC (5-2-1, 16 points), who garnered their first tie in franchise history and moved within one point of Sporting Kansas City for first place in the Western Conference with a game in hand. Tyler Miller had two saves for LAFC, who are unbeaten (3-0-1) in their last four games.
LAFC, playing just their second game in their brand new $350 million stadium, took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute on Beitashour’s first goal since 2013. The score came off a pass from Diego Rossi, who hit Beitashour breaking in from the right side of the box, where he beat Maurer with a crossing shot on the ground just inside the far post.
Dallas (3-1-4, 13), which moved into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with Vancouver, nearly tied it nine minutes later when forward Santiago Mosquera lofted a shot over Miller from the left side of the goal box that bounced toward the net but was cleared just before it crossed the line by LAFC captain Laurent Ciman.
Urruti then evened the score in the 55th minute with his third goal of the season, taking a pass from Mosquera outside the half-circle at the top of the box and spinning and firing a right-footed shot that caromed off the left hand of Miller into the net.
Midfielder Carlos Vela had a chance to win it for LAFC in stoppage time, but his spinning shot from inside the right side of the box went just wide to the right of the net.
Midfielder Lee Nguyen, a 2014 MLS MVP finalist acquired on Tuesday night from the New England Revolution, made his LAFC debut in the 74th minute but did not attempt a shot.
—Field Level Media