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LA Galaxy fall short at home against FC Dallas, 3-2

CARSON, Calif. —  The LA Galaxy hosted their fifth annual Pride Night celebration during Wednesday night’s match against FC Dallas, which resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Galaxy. The teams played in front of an announced 18,003 fans at StubHub Center.

Adjusting to the absence of both Dos Santos brothers, who are away on international duty with Mexico, the Galaxy hoped to extend their two-game win streak but fell short.

Servando Carrasco filled in for Jonathan Dos Santos, who normally pairs with Perry Kitchen in the middle of the field. Giovani Dos Santos’ departure was less of a blow as he’s been in and out of the lineup the last few weeks struggling with a hamstring injury. Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to the starting lineup after serving a one-game suspension for his red card received in the team’s May 21st match in Montreal.

FC Dallas opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with a goal from Ryan Hollingshead, after sustained pressure from Dallas. A cohesive string of passes in the Galaxy’s defensive third led to the goal. The L.A. defense just couldn’t keep up.

Dallas scored its second goal in the 40th minute off a header by Dallas forward Cristian Colman. The Galaxy have struggled this season after allowing the first goal, and the players seemed to react accordingly by outwardly showing their frustration.

Head coach Sigi Schmid made two substitutions early in the second half. Ema Boateng subbed on for Servando Carrasco and Michael Ciani subbed in for Daniel Steres. More opportunities came almost immediately for the Galaxy, but all were denied by Dallas’ defense, adding to the frustration.

May 30, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; FC Dallas forward Cristian Colman (9) controls the ball in front of Los Angeles Galaxy defender Daniel Steres (5) in the first half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas extended its lead to three goals after a 66th-minute finish from Carlos Gruezo, who made the back-post run to slot the ball away.

Ibrahimovic answered on his own in the 69th minute — and celebrated on his own, as well. After scoring, Ibrahimovic made his way back to the middle of the field without much fanfare from his teammates. Captain Ashley Cole and Ola Kamara came over to high-five Ibrahimovic at midfield, but the others made their way back to the midfield without celebrating.

The game got a little chippier as it progressed, culminating with a straight red card to FC Dallas forward Colman in the 80th minute due to violent conduct. Several players on both teams were involved in the tussle, but Colman was the only player carded from the situation. 

Post game comments from center official Drew Fischer confirmed that “Colman was dismissed for violent conduct for striking the face of his opponent” and no other cards were issued in the situation because “no other misconduct was judged to have occurred.”

Watch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives LA Galaxy life with 2 late goals against Dallas

Dallas closed out the game to maintain its 3-2 lead, despite several promising efforts in the dying minutes, including another Ibrahimovic goal toward the end of eighth minutes of stoppage time.

In post game comments, Schmid partially blamed himself for the team’s loss. 

“I made some lineup changes because I thought with the game coming up with Portland I thought we needed to make sure we had some guys who were fresh,” Schmid said. “So the first thing I’m going to do is analyze if I made the right decisions, but obviously there’s other opportunities. We have more than 11 players on this team and when your number is called you’ve got to be ready. Just our intensity and our desire, our drive, our determination in the first 15 minutes was not good.”

Galaxy players echoed the frustrated sentiments from their head coach. The vibe was heavy in the locker room postgame, as the players were unhappy with the result. 

“Not a lot went right in my eyes,” midfielder Sebastian Lletget commented. “I thought we were good as a group up until they scored. I thought we were getting out played a bit, but we were finding some chances, getting forward, connecting passes and then we kind of lost it with our organization. We can’t let their first two opportunities on goal be goals. It keeps being the narrative for us and it’s a problem.”

Looking ahead, the Galaxy will travel to Portland to take on the Timbers on Saturday at 5 p.m. EST. A video of the entire post game conference with head coach Sigi Schmid is available below. 

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