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FC Dallas Falls to LA Galaxy 2-0

August 15, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

Carson, Calif. - FC Dallas rues missed chances as two second-half goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovi? give the Galaxy its first win against Dallas since September of 2015.

Game Summary

First Half:

12' - Christian Pavón clipped the ball over Reto Ziegler to get in on goal, but Matt Hedges got across to make a fantastic covering tackle.

14' - A corner was swung into the box by Michael Barrios and the ball fell to the feet of Santiago Mosquera who hammered the ball off the underside of the bar.

32' - A clever ball by Jesús Ferreira played in Barrios, but Sebastian Lletget raced across and was able to make the block.

40' - Pavón played Zlatan Ibrahimovi? into the box, who twisted and turned but couldn't escape the attentions of Ziegler who deflected the Swedish striker's shot wide.

Second Half:

46' - Barrios latched onto an incisive through-ball from Paxton Pomykal but his shot from a tight angle went just wide.

50 - Mosquera found space on the left side of the box and his cross was cleverly dummied by Barrios but Ferreira pulled the ensuing shot wide.

68' - Jorgen Skjelvik played a give and go with Pavón whose pullback found Ibrahimovi? wide open from 12 yards who finished calmly into the bottom corner.

82' - Pavón ran onto a through ball and was cut down by Cannon for an LA Galaxy penalty, which was comfortably dispatched by Ibrahimovi?.

Lineups:

FC Dallas - Jesse González; Reggie Cannon, Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler, Ryan Hollingshead; Bryan Acosta; Paxton Pomykal (Edwin Gyasi - 73'), Jesús Ferreira (Zdenek Ondrasek - 82'); Michael Barrios, Dominique Badji, Santiago Mosquera (Brandon Servania - 63').

Substitutes not used - Jimmy Maurer, Edwin Cerrillo, Bryan Reynolds, Bressan.

LA Galaxy - David Bingham; Rolf Feltscher, Daniel Steres, Diego Polenta, Jorgen Skjelvik; Sebastian Lletget, Jonathan dos Santos; Julian Araujo (Uriel Antuna - 53'), Efrain Álvarez (Favio Álvarez - 61'), Christian Pavón (Servando Carrasco - 85'); Zlatan Ibrahimovi?.

Substitutes not used - Matt Lampson, Giancarlo González, Dace Romney, Emil Cuello.

Scoring Summary:

LA: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Jorgen Skjelvik) - 68'

LA: Zlatan Ibrahimovi? (PK) - 82'

Misconduct Summary:

LA: Rolf Feltscher (caution) - 90'

FCD: Bryan Acosta (caution) - 90+5'

Weather: Clear, 69

Attendance: 19,653

Referee: Ismail Elfath

Assistant Referees: Adam Wienckowski, Apolinar Mariscal

4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal

VAR: Timothy Ford

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez

On your thoughts of tonight's match...

Disappointing, I thought we had better control of the game for more parts of the game, with more shots, but they were more efficient, they put away their chances, their shots were on target, ours were not and we had more shots in the box than them, yet we couldn't put them on target and at the end of the day it is going to cost you points. So it did tonight, their goal came from a moment in the game where we weren't necessarily controlling it, it was a little more open and they caught us on a break and they found Zlatan, who doesn't waste chances. I thought we could've been up before they were but this game came down to the importance of who scored the first goal and they scored the first goal. Disappointing but we pushed, we tried to respond, I thought the PK call was, you know, unfortunate, it was one of those 50/50 ones that end up getting called either way and I would have liked for it to be reviewed but it wasn't and then it was 2-0, but we didn't give up, we kept pushing, we don't have a lot of time to get our heads down, we got to go to Montreal and that is a must win. It's a must win, we are in a position mathematically where we have to climb, we have to climb and we don't have a choice and that means we have to respond, but I am lucky we have a group of players that respond, and that is the next step.

On what to work on to get a result...

We have to focus in that last part to put it on frame, and believe and have a killer conviction and instinct put it on frame. Any player, last game we scored four players that play different positions not necessarily just forwards, this is for all of our players, so we have to keep encouraging that and believing that, and do it next game.

On focusing on Montreal...

Well, we already talked in there, they are already moving forward and focused on that game. We are going to rest tomorrow, have a travel day, recover and rest, and have a light training on Friday and leave everything on the field for our fans in Montreal.

On Matt Hedges breaking the record for most games started...

It doesn't surprise me, Matt still has years ahead of him and he is already a legend on this club, putting in those starts and those minutes, they have been earned. He is a model for all of our young players in our academy, and the players in the league, in terms of tenure ship and commitment to a club and I am looking forward to continuing to support him and him fighting for this jersey and develop him to have many more years for this club.

FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges

On focusing on Montreal Saturday...

You know we just have to move on, it's a quick turnaround for Saturday and we need three points, there is really nothing else that is acceptable at this point.

On breaking the record for most games started...

It is a special thing to play that long for one club, but at the same time we didn't get three points tonight, so it is kind of a bittersweet moment.

FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios

On the thoughts on the game...

We knew it was going to be a complicated game, a difficult game from the first minute. A rival who was going to be playing at home and who has great players. We knew they had the pressure to get the three points, just like us, but since they were home this was their priority. We had options, we didn't score them. In the end, I think we let our guard down on two plays and they finished off the game. It became hard for us to come back in their home.

On what the team must work on to come back from this result and win the next game...

We knew the goals are the priority to get the result. We weren't sharp today as we have been in other games. We hope to be able to work on finishing the plays and show that on Saturday against Montreal Impact and score goals which is what gives you the winning result and it's what we all want.

Dallas looks to rebound against Montreal Impact on Saturday, August 17

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FC Dallas Falls to LA Galaxy 2-0

Dallas looks to rebound against Montreal Impact on Saturday, August 17

Matt Hedges broke the all-time record for most starts in FC Dallas history with 228 starts, surpassing Jason Kreis.

Michael Barrios appeared in his 150th game for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas will face Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium on Saturday, August 17 at 6:30PM CT. The match will be broadcasted live on FCDallas.com/Live, FCDTV Networks, FCDallas.com/Radio and 99.1FM en Español starting at 6:30PM CT and will be on tape delay on Texas 21 at 10PM CT.


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