Three games in eight days was always going to be a difficult for the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).
So after defeating FC Dallas at home getting three more points on Sunday although a possibility was going to be a challenge.
The 1-1 result is only a disappointment due to the missed opportunities for a talented team like LAFC.
Coach Bob Bradley said as much in his postgame press conference:
“Not a very good game, it’s hard to play the same team back-to-back like this…Today is just a frustrating game to watch to see guys try to make plays and no real fluidity, no real sharpness choppiness at the begging all sorts of fouls.”
Credit to FC Dallas unlike the game in Los Angeles, they put pressure on the LAFC backline putting four shots on goal almost as many as LAFC with six.
The FC Dallas pressure bore fruit early when they scored in the 28th minute. LAFC was caught flat footed on the counter and Ryan Hollingshead scored when he put a right handed shot past Tyler Miller off a low cross.
The goal ended the LAFC scoreless streak that went back to the first minute of the April 28th match against the Seattle Sounders.
From then on the game became a chase for the equalizing goal and that’s where the disappointment becomes more apparent.
In the 42nd minute Carlos Vela was brought down in the box by FC Dallas defender Bressan leading to a PK. In what became a running theme FC Dallas goalkeeper Jose Luis Gonzalez saved Vela’s spot kick preserving the lead.
Gonzalez made five saves in the game and was the primary reason FC Dallas held onto to the home tie.
In the second half FC Dallas found themselves down to 10 men early, in the 49th minute defender Matt Hedges brought down Vela with a late tackle from behind.
As in that same April Sounders game despite the one man advantage LAFC struggled to take advantage.
The breakthrough finally in the 78th minute when Bressan again conceded a penalty this time due to a handball in the box. This time Vela converted it despite Gonzalez getting a hand to it.
The goal was Vela’s 14th of the season in 14 games maintaining his goal a game average.
LAFC was never able to find the winner and had to settle for the tie. LAFC maintained their hold at the top of the league standings but going forward they’ll have to do better of taking advantage of their opportunities.