The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated FC Dallas 2-0 in the last match of LA’s two-game home stand. Marcelo Sarvas and Hector Jimenez both scored in the second half.
Gyassi Zardes started ahead of Jose Villarreal who is most likely getting some time off to rest from his games with the U-20 U.S. Men’s National team. FC Dallas started Blas Perez and David Ferreira as their one-two punch on offense.
The run of play was much of what we have been seeing from the LA Galaxy in their recent games. The Blue and Gold held most of the ball for the first half and created eleven shots on goal, the closest of which came from Robbie Rogers with a cheeky cut back of the ball that created space, but the shot was saved by the FC Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez.
In the second half, Rogers would get yet another good look on goal as the ball bounced to him at the top of the box and he managed to get a shot off through traffic and passed Fernandez, but Fabian Castillo provided a goal line clearance to keep the scoreless draw.
In the 61st minute, Zardes almost broke open the score line when he headed a cross on goal, but Dallas’ Peruvian goalie provided a spectacular diving save to keep his team in the game.
The scoreless draw ended in the 66th minute when Robbie Keane showed off some fancy footwork to get a point-perfect cross into the box that found an unmarked Marcelo Sarvas to header the ball into net. The Galaxy finally beat Fernandez to go up 1-0.
In the 80th minute, the Galaxy secured their win with a second goal. Rogers crossed the ball low towards the top of the box, but not before Hector Jimenez could get to it and slide the ball past Fernandez to make it 2-0. Jimenez’s goal came with good timing as he was moments away from being subbed in for Colin Clark.
The Galaxy were able to hold on to the shut out to win 2-0 in the last game before a road trip to the Pacific Northwest for a match against the Portland Timbers on July 13.
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