An unlikely goalscorer led the way, but FC Dallas emerged from Toyota Stadium one step closer to the Supporters’ Shield.
Walker Zimmerman scored the game’s lone goal in the first half to lift FC Dallas to a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy. The win gives FC Dallas a five-point lead in the Supporters’ Shield race with just two games left to play.
Zimmerman’s goal came in the 39th minute as the FC Dallas defender broke free on a set piece. On a Mauro Diaz corner kick, Zimmerman rose well above the Galaxy back line to bash bouncing header past Brian Rowe for what proved to be the game’s lone goal.
Despite the low scoring output, there were several clear-cut chances for both sides. Both Steven Gerrard and Michael Barrios saw shots pushed just wide, while both Maxi Urruti and Ryan Hollingshead clanged the post.
Following the win, FC Dallas looks to push towards the club’s second trophy of the season in a meeting with the Seattle Sounders on October 16. Meanwhile, the Galaxy, who are bound for the playoffs for an eighth straight season, face off with Houston Dynamo that same day.
MAN OF THE MATCH
With both a goal and a clean sheet, there’s little doubt that Walker Zimmerman is more than deserving of Man of the Match honors.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Zimmerman’s header proved to be the decisive tally, as the defender finished his fourth goal of the season to seal the win.
MATCH TO FORGET
Steven Gerrard’s passing was not up to his usual standard, killing momentum for the Galaxy in a loss that could affect their playoff positioning.