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LA Galaxy top FC Dallas in crucial six-pointer

MLS: FC Dallas at LA Galaxy Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s squad overcame a lethargic first half to post a crucial 2-0 victory over FC Dallas Wednesday night at Dignity Health Sports Park, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process and jumping to third place in the Western Conference standings.

The LA Galaxy boss took a big risk inserting two youngsters in the starting XI, and it must be said the lineup shuffle did not work. Efrain Alvarez struggled mightily to get on the ball, while Julian Araujo, a natural right back, struggled in an advanced attacking position. FC Dallas had complete control of the match by the end of the half, and by far had the better opportunities.

Schelotto had enough early in the second period and soon inserted Favio Alvarez and Uriel Antuna into the match. The moves somewhat unlocked a stale Galaxy attack, and in the 68th minute Zlatan Ibrahimovic was there centrally to put away Jorgen Skjelvik’s square cross. 1-0 LA.

Cristian Pavon drew a penalty late in the match, and Zlatan easily beat Jesse Gonzalez to secure his brace and a much-needed LA victory.