The game could end up influencing who finishes with the best record in the MLS.
FC Dallas had five decent chances in the final half-hour, but Ricketts stopped Perez at the left post in the 66th and saved Castillo from an Escobar through ball in the 82nd, Escobar fired just over the crossbar in the 80th, Tesho Akindele headed wide in the 87th, and Perez volley in stoppage struck Dan Gargan in the face.
A few weeks ago, FC Dallas were in the driver’s seat in the western conference.
As Toronto FC learned this season with Sebastian Giovinco, signing a star designated player under the age of 30 seems to be a winning strategy in this league. However, with a tight Western Conference race ensuing, FC Dallas began to falter. Los Angeles has pulverized four out of their last five opponents. He made the difference last weekend in a game against what many perceived to be the favourite, Toronto FC, notching an assist and scoring a penalty to open the scoring in a 1-3 win at BMO Field. “Unfortunately, we didn’t do that in the first half, for whatever reason”.
Perhaps the Galaxy’s curse away from home has been lifted. The team doesn’t settle for ties either.
The Galaxy have won just once on the road this season.
However, Los Angeles shouldn’t have much fear going into their match at Toyota Stadium.
Toronto can’t afford to make any more of those, particularly as the team has only managed to win twice in their last eight matches.
Two headers from Robbie Keane just after halftime gave LA Galaxy a 2-1 win over Dallas in Major League Soccer on Saturday, lifting them top of the Western Conference after Vancouver lost to Sporting Kansas City. Instead, Arena remained focused on the matchup against FC Dallas.
“They got one play where we let Keane get free in the box and he punished us for it, and from there it was game on”, Kennedy said. “We don’t talk about championships”.
“This whole season, we haven’t played the same lineup two games in a row”, Gonzales said.