FC DALLAS (5-5-2) VS. LAFC (9-1-3)
7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, DAZN, Texas 21
Los Angeles FC have met nearly all challenges while rising to the status of the best team in MLS, so the stakes will be raised for their next obstacle.
LAFC take the field Sunday against a team they just played four days prior and will have to do it at a venue where the home side has lost just once this season. But that is only a part of the story when LAFC travel to FC Dallas for a quick turnaround match.
Despite the most goals, victories and points in the league after 2 1/2 months, LAFC (9-1-3, 30 points) will not be complacent Sunday. They will be fired up for a Western Conference foe.
The mood remains tense after FC Dallas defender Bressan sprinted across the field in the closing moments of Wednesday’s 2-0 LAFC victory and attempted a dangerous late tackle while taking out Carlos Vela’s lower leg. There was no call by the referee on the field.
Vela not only scored the first goal of the game for LAFC, he leads MLS with 13 goals, has 10 goals in his team’s last nine games and has gone just three games all season without putting the ball in the back of the net.
“I think we expect it from certain teams and it just makes Sunday more entertaining now that there’s a little bit of bad blood between the two teams,” LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye said, according to mlssoccer.com. “We don’t try to focus too much on that. Sunday’s another opportunity for us to play our football so it’ll be exciting.”
Despite being tough in their own venue, FC Dallas (5-5-2, 17 points) will play host to LAFC after dropping their most recent home game, 3-1 last Saturday against the New York Red Bulls. It means Dallas is on a three-game losing streak and a four-match winless run.
The offense had just six shots Wednesday to LAFC’s 27, but Dallas is doing its best to take some positives from the game.
“I think at first we were showing that we couldn’t really play through them, we were just hitting the balls out long and trying to defend,” forward Jesus Ferreira said. “But we saw in the second half we would play out of the back and build up and have a lot of chances.”
Not expected to play Sunday for FC Dallas are midfielder Paxton Pomykal (hamstring) and forward Santiago Mosquera (knee). Questionable are forwards Cristian Colman (knee) and Dominique Badji (hip), as well as midfielders Carlos Gruezo (lower body strain) and Bryan Acosta (ankle).
Questionable for LAFC are midfielders Javier Perez (groin) and Alejandro Guido (quad).
–Field Level Media