LA rallied back from a deficit to win a game for the second time this season.
Dallas scored the opening goal 22 minutes in from a far post header by Atiba Harris. But in the 33rd minute the Galaxy answered back with a shotgun blast from David Beckham. In the first minute of the second half the Galaxy’s Juninho knocked in the winner.
The match opened up with neither team being able to get a foot on the ball. Possession was going back and forth, with each defence stifling the attack.
The only excitement in the first 20 minutes of play was for the ladies in attendance. David Beckham sustained a minor cut on his finger and bled onto his jersey. According to MLS rules, the Englishman had to change shirts, giving fans the chance to see him topless – twice.
However, Dallas had something else to cheer about soon after.
The visitors struck first in the 22nd minute. The attack came through the cluttered left wing. Midfielder Eric Alexander crossed to an unmarked Atiba Harris, who headed in past keeper Donovan Ricketts to give Dallas the early lead.
Just 10 minutes later the Galaxy answered back. The pressure was surging from the right flank. Mike Magee crossed to Landon Donovan but with a little too much pepper on it. A never-say-die Donovan shifted into overdrive and beat Jackson to the ball, literally pushing him out of the way. As the Dallas defence slackened awaiting a whistle which never came, Donovan passed it back to Beckham, who one-timed it past Dairo Sala for the equaliser.
The goal marked the first time since September 19, 2009 against Toronto FC that Beckham scored from open play.
One minute into the second half the Galaxy took the lead. Landon Donovan sent in a cross from left into the area where a Dallas defender did a poor job clearing it off his head. Brazilian Juninho was there to pick up the scraps and knock in the go-ahead goal.
Roughly an hour deep, the Galaxy had a great scoring opportunity coming from a breakaway. Mike Magee was all by his lonesome, but right when he took the shot, a defender came from behind and tapped it out of play.
In the 67th and 68th minute the Galaxy were presented with three corner kicks in a row. Edson Buddle almost clinched his 18th goal of the season, but the chance was cleared by the defence. Sala parried away a shot on goal from the second corner.
The Galaxy’s early goal in the second half seemed to have taken a lot of life out of Dallas. They were lost and disoriented out on the pitch and only displayed small stints of unity.
In the last 15 minutes Dallas kicked it up a notch, trying to do whatever they could muster a draw. But the Galaxy, already content with the score, opted to play conservatively, only exercising their defensive skills. And those skills thwarted Dallas’s offense.
A draw would have secured the home team the Supporters’ Shield, but the victory was the icing on the cake.
The Galaxy will travel to Seattle next Sunday to take on the Sounders for the first leg of the play-offs, whereas FC Dallas will pay a visit to Real Salt Lake.