Without the injured duo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romain Alessandrini the LA Galaxy created minimal chances in their 2-0 loss to FC Dallas.
Injuries to Galaxy force changes
The injuries forced Galaxy head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto to make a number of changes to his starting lineup. Chris Pontius started up top and Sebastian Lletget made his 2019 MLS debut playing underneath the main striker.
On the right flank, Emmanuel Boateng replaced Alessandrini. Meanwhile, Joe Corona made his first MLS start after signing with the club on Wednesday.
Saturday afternoon showed how much the Galaxy rely on their DPs in attack after their first defeat of the season. Los Angeles created 11 shots throughout the entirety of the match, but only one tested the Dallas goalkeeper, Jesse Gonzalez.
Dallas, on the other hand, pressured LA’s defense from the first whistle knowing that they were shorthanded at Toyota Park. They first tested the Galaxy in the 30th minute when Dominique Badji forced David Bingham to make a diving save. Michael Barrios tried to put the rebound into the net, but Jorgen Skjelvik was quick to clear danger out for a corner.
Six minutes later, Dallas had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Badji pounced on a loss ball near the penalty area and sped around Bingham. He had a wide open net to shoot at, but, could not capitalize on the opportunity.
The Galaxy had a really good chance to open the scoring right at the end of the first half. Uriel Antuna floated a cross towards the back post. Rolf Feltscher ran into the open space and volleyed his effort off of the crossbar.
Dallas capitalize on second half chances
Off of a corner kick five minutes after halftime, the Galaxy had trouble clearing their lines as the ball pinged off defenders. Diego Polenta, who made a massive error in his first match, clipped Ryan Hollingshead late. The referee awarded the penalty right away. Reto Ziegler stepped up to the spot and sent Bingham the wrong way to open the scoring.
It only took another eight minutes for Dallas to get their second goal of the match. Young Paxton Pomykal, who was a thorn in the Galaxy’s side all afternoon, raced towards the byline and played a pass back towards the middle. No Galaxy defender was able to clear the ball away which allowed Bryan Acosta to smash a shot pas Bingham from 20 yards out.
If the Galaxy are this lackluster in attack without Ibrahimovic and the French winger, they will need reinforcements.
The Galaxy return the Dignity Health Sports Park next Saturday night where they will take on Minnesota United FC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM.