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Defense, Timely Scoring carries Galaxy past FC Dallas

Posted on 26 August 2012 by iyeo

It was a vintage 2011 performance by the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday against FC Dallas.

The Galaxy backline was the catalyst Sunday in its important MLS matchup against Dallas, making life tough for the visiting side while waiting for scoring chances that eventually came in the second half courtesy of Juninho and Todd Dunivant, which paved the way for a 2-0 win over FC Dallas at the Home Depot Center.

“They had a couple of chances, but it was nothing we couldn’t handle,” Galaxy Center Back Omar Gonzalez said. “We were able to read what they were trying to do.”

The Galaxy’s win on Sunday was clearly needed, as FC Dallas stood just five points behind the Galaxy and the Vancouver Whitecaps for the fifth spot in the Western Conference. Instead now, the Galaxy are just three points behind Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders for second place in the conference and ten points back of the San Jose Earthquakes for the top spot.

“That was a solid team we just beat,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “We had a good game against a good team.

The Galaxy finally broke through in the 66th minute with some help from FC Dallas. It started when Kevin Hartman cleared a ball to Center Back Matt Hedges, but Jose Villareal pressured him into a giveaway, then raced past Hartman, who was off his line, into the penalty area. Villareal then crossed a ball into the middle for a charging Juninho, who easily shot the ball into the empty net to put the Galaxy on the board. Los Angeles put the match away in the 84th minute, as Robbie Keane played a ball to Michael Stephens, Stephens then quickly touched it forward to an overlapping Todd Dunivant and the left back slotted his shot past Hartman into the far post netting to give the Galaxy a two-goal lead.

“The defender was caught sleeping and I pressured him pretty good,” Villareal said.

The Galaxy came into the game a little banged up, as Landon Donovan missed his second straight game due to a hamstring injury and third straight overall while David Beckham was sick with the bug, though he did play 78 minutes before giving way to Stephens.

The Galaxy’s long march continues, as they play its last home match of CONCACAF Champions League group play against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Wednesday, followed by a home match Saturday against Vancouver.

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