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LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas: Match preview

The LA Galaxy will need a better performance out of youngsters like Gyasi Zardes, if they're going to defeat FC Dallas from the run of play on Sunday.


While the LA Galaxy shooting form has been poor recently, one thing that has remained constant is their ability to control the match in the opposition's half of the pitch. With FC Dallas a team that likes to play in its own half defensively, it's very likely that this match will look much like the past few home matches for LA. Finishing will likely be the difference between victory and a late heartbreaking defeat.

Both sides are missing a player due to the CONCACAF Gold Cup; Landon Donovan for LA and Blas Perez missing for Dallas. We'll have to see who Dallas puts up top in Perez' place, and [Ed: Blas Perez will not miss the LA-Dallas tilt, will instead skip Panama's opener] for LA we'll wait to see if Arena sticks with Hector Jimenez replacing Donovan.

Against the Crew, Jimenez was the first sub as Arena brought in Villarreal and had Zardes move back into the midfield. That modified lineup is that one I'd like to see tomorrow, as Jimenez' 68% pass accuracy (Robbie Rogers was at 88% of the other flank) interrupts offensive flow.

Dallas has lost the form that they were in when they defeated the Galaxy 1-0 at home. They have gone five matches without a win including a 0-0 draw with Chivas USA on Thursday. They have won on the road just once this season.

LA needs to secure all six points from this independence weekend home stand. Better finishing combined with possession in the attacking half should go a long way toward getting that needed result. Moving Zardes back into the midfield would encourage him to distribute first and not feel the need to take as many shots.