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Long road ahead for the Galaxy as they lose their opener to FC Dallas, 1 – 2

Written by Staff Writer

Carson, CA – March 4, 2017: FC Dallas defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 in a Major League Soccer (MLS) game at StubHub Center.

The LA Galaxy lost their first season opening game since 2014 1-2 to FC Dallas on Saturday at the Stubhub Center.  The Galaxy, who boast a new coach and a variety of new, much younger players, seem to still need some time to get their footing straight. 

The first half was a slow one and ended with a score of 0-0.  From the second the whistle blew in the second half, however, the action really picked up. FC Dallas player Maximiliano Urruti sunk the ball in the net just minutes after the second half began. 

Giovani dos Santos responded quickly for the Galaxy, and made a penalty kick just minutes later. That would be the only goal the Galaxy scored the whole game. FC Dallas’ Kellyn Acosta, however, scored once more in the 69th minute of the game.

Despite the Galaxy dominating possession of the game and showcasing promising new players like MLS newcomer Romain Alessandrini, the players couldn’t work together with true team cohesion, and it showed in this game.

They offense would set up great scoring opportunities but they just could not seems to finish. Even standout Alessandrini who masterfully put the pressure on FC Dallas offensively, left the game goalless. The talent is there but as this game proved, the experience is lacking. The relatively young team has gone through a lot of changes this season and needs to mature as a team.

The LA Galaxy have the opportunity to redeem themselves next Sunday, March 12th, when they take on Portland at the Stubhub Center. 

Maximiliano Urruti (L) of FC Dallas battles Sebastian Lletget (R) of Los Angeles Galaxy for the ball in a MLS Opener on Saturday in Carson, CA. FC Dallas beat Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 2. Photo by Michael Janosz.

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