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FC Dallas takes Western Conference lead with 2-1 win over LAFC

FC Dallas is the new Western Conference leader, surpassing former No. 1 Sporting Kansas City Saturday night by grabbing three points for a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles FC.

Reto Ziegler and Roland Lamah scored for Dallas (7-1-5, 26 points), which is now unbeaten in 14 home game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The streak dates back to last season and includes eight home matches this year. Adama Diomande, who subbed on for Lee Nguyen, kept LAFC (6-4-3, 21 points) from being shut out with a 61st-minute goal.

The teams played in 97-degree heat, which forced two mandatory water breaks, for an announced 14,022 people.

Ziegler earned his first MLS goal to start the scoring in the 27th minute. He nailed a header off a Dallas set piece just outside the box. Lamah provided an insurance goal in the 51st minute. Lamah now has 17 career goals, 16 of them at Toyota Stadium.

Nguyen got his first start for LAFC, playing 55 minutes until Diomande replaced him and scored less than 10 minutes after entering the match. Benny Feilhaber had the assist.

As LAFC pushed for an equalizer, it instead gifted Dallas with a one-man advantage after referee Allen Chapman gave Jordan Harvey a second yellow card, which saw him ejected with five minutes remaining to play.

Dallas’ next match again is at home, Saturday against Montreal, while LAFC travels to San Jose. 

Jun 2, 2018; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas players take a water break due to high temperatures during the second half against the Los Angeles FC at Toyota Park. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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