LAFC extends dominance with win over FC Dallas – Daily Bulletin

  • LAFC striker Carlos Vela, left, and FC Dallas defender Marco Farfan battle for the ball during the second half of their MLS match Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC defender Jesus David Murillo, left, and FC Dallas forward...

    LAFC Jesus defender David Murillo, left, and FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira battle for the ball during the first half Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • FC Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes makes a leaping save...

    FC Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes leaps forward past LAFC defender Ryan Hollingshead (24) during the first half Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC forward Daniel Musovski celebrates his goal against FC Dallas...

    LAFC forward Daniel Musovski celebrates his goal against FC Dallas during the first half Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • FC Dallas midfielder Paul Arriola, left, tries to take control...

    FC Dallas midfielder Paul Arriola, left, attempts to gain control of the ball from the air next to LAFC midfielder Ilie Sanchez, center, and defender Ryan Hollingshead during the first half on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • FC Dallas striker Jesus Ferreira, left, and LAFC defender Diego...

    FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira, left, and LAFC defender Diego Palacios (12) battle for the ball during the first half Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau gives up a goal to FC...

    LAFC goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau gave up a goal for FC Dallas in the first half Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • FC Dallas striker Jesus Ferreira (10) celebrates his goal against...

    FC Dallas striker Jesus Ferreira (10) celebrates his goal against LAFC with defender Lucas Bartlett (26) during the first half Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC striker Carlos Vela, left, and FC Dallas defender Marco...

    LAFC striker Carlos Vela, left, and FC Dallas defender Marco Farfan battle for the ball during the second half of their MLS match Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC striker Cristian Arango, forward, vies for the ball against...

    LAFC striker Cristian Arango, forward, vies for the ball against FC Dallas striker Jader Obrian, second from right, during the second half of their MLS match Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium . LAFC won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • FC Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes watches the ball...

    FC Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes watches the ball as he fails to make a save during the second half of their MLS game against LAFC on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC midfielder Kellyn Acosta, right, heads the ball past...

    LAFC midfielder Kellyn Acosta, right, heads the ball past FC Dallas striker Jesus Ferreira during the second half of their MLS game on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC forward Carlos Vela controls the ball during the second...

    LAFC striker Carlos Vela controls the ball during the second half of their MLS game against FC Dallas on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC striker Kwadwo Opoku celebrates his goal during the second...

    LAFC striker Kwadwo Opoku celebrates his goal during the second half of their MLS game against FC Dallas on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC striker Kwadwo Opoku celebrates his goal during the second...

    LAFC striker Kwadwo Opoku celebrates his goal during the second half of their MLS game against FC Dallas on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

  • LAFC defender Eddie Segura is congratulated by the newly signed Italian...

    LAFC defender Eddie Segura is congratulated by new Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, right, after LAFC beat FC Dallas, 3-1, Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. Chiellini should be eligible to play for LAFC in time for their next home game. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

LOS ANGELES – Call it the Chiellini effect. Or maybe just another positive night for the best team in Major League Soccer.

Securing a 3-1 win after 90 minutes non-stop, Los Angeles Soccer Club extended their league points lead on Wednesday.

Impressive goals from Danny Musovski, Cristian Arango and Mahala Opoku helped turn away fourth-placed FC Dallas on a night that saw the return of centre-back Eddie Segura after knee surgery and the massive presence of Giorgio Chiellini, LAFC’s new Italian defender who has joined his teammates. celebrating while soaking up the sounds of Banc of California Stadium.

Midway through the 34-game MLS season, LAFC is 11-3-3 and its 36 points are good for a seven-point advantage in the Supporters’ Shield race. They have 13 points from a potential 15 in their last five league games and are 7-0 this season when they scored first, which they did again in Wednesday’s Western Conference clash. .

“From the first minute, the guys really tried to attack and score and play with a high line against a very good team,” said LAFC coach Steve Cherundolo. “Dallas is one of the best teams in the league that wants to play football and score goals and has very good forwards. I think our back line has done a very good job packing their forwards and offensive plays. Collectively we did a good job of staying compact, which was our goal today.

Maintaining his place at the top of the league standings has at times required dealing with affairs late in games, but not with Chiellini watching from the stands after his introduction in a city that was clearly on fire for a night of football.

Musovski created his chance in the 23rd minute when he gave Jose Cifuentes a clearance and immediately sprinted down the left side of the pitch. The Ecuadorian midfielder dribbled past in the attacking third before his perfectly weighted pass connected to Musovski at full stride deep in the Dallas box.

Musovski smashed a shot past goalkeeper Maarten Paes inside the near post for his second goal of the season.

Cherundolo’s team gave up several chances following their decisive goal. Fifteen minutes later, Dallas (7-5-5, 26 points) equalized the score by capitalizing on a free kick 40 meters from LAFC goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau.

While former LAFC defender Marco Farfan acted as a decoy, the visitors faked a cross and instead left it to U.S. Men’s National Team forward Diego Ferreira. Crepeau reacted to a pass that never came and couldn’t get into position to stop Ferreira’s shot, which collided with the underside of the crossbar for his best 10th goal in MLS.

The score remained tied until the 57th minute when Arango scored his 20th goal in 34 appearances for LAFC since joining the club 10 months ago.

A pair of quick passes down the middle by Kellyn Acosta and then Carlos Vela each counted as assists when Arango found space in the Dallas penalty area to cut a low shot through the keeper who struck inside from the far post, giving Colombia goals in four consecutive league games and six in total.

“If you look at his performance at the start of the season and compare it to today, if you’re a neutral scout, you probably think he’s a different player,” Cherundolo said of the match. 27-year-old striker. “The harder he works the better he gets and he’s in a position now that he understands that and everything falls into place for him.”

Vela’s second assist of the night, his sixth of the year, gave Mahala the space he needed in the 86th minute to hit a shot that passed Paes for the club’s fourth goal of the season. Ghanaian striker. He is the 12th player replaced on the field by Cherundolo in 2022 who has scored for LAFC.

“Any time during the game I felt we could score a goal,” Cherundolo said. “A controlled and mature and excellent performance tonight.”

Nine of LAFC’s 16 shots against Dallas were on target, and they continue to dominate the second halves of games, outscoring their opponents 24-3.

The second half of the MLS schedule kicks off Saturday on synthetic turf in Vancouver.

When LAFC return home on July 8 for their third ‘El Trafico’ of 2022 against the Galaxy, Chiellini and Welsh superstar Gareth Bale will be eligible for selection from the constellation of options Cherundolo has used to great effect so far. now.

“We already feel good and adding Bale and Chiellini brings a lot of excitement,” said Musovski, one of several LAFC players who met the Italian centre-back for the first time on Wednesday. “I think it’s going to go very well and there’s going to be a lot of energy and I think a lot of people in the league are going to watch our games. Obviously, that comes with a lot of expectations, but I think we’re ready for that.

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