Texas has not been kind to the visiting LA Galaxy the past two weeks as FC Dallas remained unbeaten at home with a 3-2 victory Saturday under sweltering temperatures and finishing a man down.
Maximiliano Urruti drew first blood in the 28th minute, cutting across the box and firing a beautiful strike from 28 feet for his fourth goal of the season and a 1-0 Dallas lead.
Dallas (4-1-4) struck again in the 44th minute when Roland Lamah struck on a wonderful run off a gorgeous assist from Mauro Diaz in transition.
The Galaxy (3-6-1), who lost to the Houston Dynamo last week, seemed disorganized in the first half, giving the ball away repeatedly in the middle third of the pitch. Romain Alessandrini and Jonathan dos Santos in particular struggled to get passes through cleanly.
The Galaxy weren’t without their chances. Alessandrini forced a big save from Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer in the 26th minute, but Maurer was up to the challenge. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also lurking in the box on a couple of occasions, but service to the Swedish striker was always a moment too late or a bit too high for him to connect.
The Galaxy came out blazing in the second half. Ola Kamara put them within a goal in the 47th minute, off a service by Alessandrini, who must have felt some redemption after missing a great opportunity moments earlier.
But the game soon reverted to first-half form when Lamah struck again in the 52nd minute, putting a header past David Bingham at the near post for a 3-1 lead off a beautiful play from Diaz.
Dos Santos left with an injury and was replaced by Servando Carrasco in the 55th minute.
Reto Ziegler got his second yellow and was sent off in the 73rd minute, giving the Galaxy some hope of at least salvaging a point.
In the 83rd minute, Emmanuel Boateng scored for the Galaxy, once again pulling within a goal, and the pressure was on.
Ibrahimovic threatened repeatedly, hitting the post with a rocket in the 88th minute off a free kick with the Galaxy pressing against the short-handed Dallas side, but was unable to break through.
Maurer made a stunning save in the 93rd minute, as Kamara’s chance was blocked, followed by Michael Ciani’s header going high and to the left, preserving Dallas’ unbeaten streak at home. The loss was the Galaxy’s fourth in a row, and the third straight match where the most expensive defense in the league gave up three goals.
—Field Level Media