The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) earned its league-leading ninth win of the season following a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Thursday night at Banc of California Stadium. Tonight’s win marked the Club’s third consecutive shutout, and extended LAFC’s shutout streak to 359 minutes.
After dominating play early on, LAFC would get on the scoresheet in the 39th minute via forward Carlos Vela’s 13th goal in as many games. LAFC outshot FC Dallas 14-0 in the first stanza, and would finish the game with a season-high 28 shots. The Black & Gold would double the lead seven minutes from time through forward Diego Rossi’s tap in. The goal was initially waved for offside, but the call was overturned and the goal stood following Video Review.
LAFC and FC Dallas will face off again this Sunday, May 19 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The second and final regular season meeting between the two sides is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on YouTube TV, UniMás KFTR 46, ESPN 710 AM, and 980 AM ‘La Mera Mera’.
BOB BRADLEY LAFC HEAD COACH RE:
“Carlos Vela’s impact “He’s been playing great for us and his mentality for every game, his willingness to take the ball, try to create, get chances, score goals, but still in right moments he’s unselfish. I also think he’s been a big part of us trying to work as a team to win the ball back, so we still play our best when we lose the ball and the attackers are quick to get after the other team. For him, he’s set the standard and I think everybody else see’s it. We also, as a team, feel good about the kind of football we try to play and the idea is to keep seeing if we can get better.”
RE: Mentality going into Sunday’s match in Dallas
“The idea for us is to go there and try to play the same kind of football we always play and try to make it hard for them and create chances and score goals and play football. We’ll assess everything tomorrow and figure where guys are physically and make those decisions. Sometimes how a game plays out, you wait and see, but from our standpoint, it’s not perfect but the idea that we have, home and away, is always the same, we don’t try and change that. We try to take initiative in the game, we try to play the right passes, we try to be aggressive with the way we go forward, we try to win the ball back as a group and see if we can create more chances. They had a couple chances tonight so when you look at the score sheet that says no shots on goal, that’s a little misleading because they just missed the target a few times. There’s things there that we can do better, we also missed the target, we shoot over too much.”
LUCHI GONZALEZ FC DALLAS HEAD COACH RE:
“Overall thoughts on today’s match “I love this team. I love this group. I thought we fought today. It hurts to lose. I don’t look at it as a streak because when we also win a few games, it’s not a streak. It’s one game at a time. We’re taking it one game at a time and we’re focused on the next game. Can we build on the next game from what we did tonight? Can we create some moments around the box but have some concrete finishes? Defensively, a lot of sacrifice of the 11 players on the field today to get pressure on the ball. Some really positive high-pressure moments and we shared the same amount passes as them [LAFC].
RE: Playing against LAFC
“That’s a heck of a team. Bob’s [Bradley] training that staff well and they are playing well. They have great talent and it’s an honor to coach against Bob and that staff. We look to see them again. We just lost so we have an opportunity to play them, it’s almost like the second half is on Sunday. We’re going to rest, focus, move forward, and get together and fight in the next one.”