Galaxy could be without Zlatan when they head to Dallas
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FC Dallas, while a talented side, is also a youthful team and a work in progress. On Saturday, it will look to take another step forward when it hosts the short-handed Los Angeles Galaxy at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
FCD scored in the 13th minute but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in its season opener at home against New England last Saturday in the MLS coaching debut of Luchi Gonzalez. Michael Barrios had Dallas' only goal in the match.
Gonzalez is the first to say his team is nowhere near a finished product and admits he's learning on the job from practice to practice and from match to match.
"The beauty of this team right now for us is that you can make rotations and guys are going to be ready to step it up," Gonzales told reporters. "We'll take it one day at a time and make the right decisions based on what we're seeing here in the training.
"So how can we grow, take development steps, at the same time compete and get points," Gonzalez continued. "I'm discovering that balance as we speak, and it's a great experience. It's going take time to get it exactly where we want."
The Galaxy head to North Texas on the heels of a 2-1 come-from-behind home win over Chicago in their opener last Saturday. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daniel Steres scored the goals for LA, but the victory came with a high cost.
Romain Alessandrini left the pitch with a hamstring injury 20 minutes into the match and is out this weekend. Reports surfaced on Friday that Ibrahimovic could also miss the match as the star striker did not train the past two days because of an Achilles issue.
"I'm worried because (Ibrahimovic didn't practice) yesterday or today," Galaxy head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto told reporters after Thursday's training session at Dignity Health Sports Park. "Yesterday it was very dangerous, for the rain, and the field was underwater. I'm worried because he couldn't train today.
"We talk more now with him maybe. I don't know (what will happen) in Dallas. I hope to bring him to Dallas, but I don't know."
Schelotto, like Gonzalez, made his MLS head coaching debut in Week 1 and came away pleased by his squad's overall performance.
"We did what I like and what we are working towards -- creating the plays, building on the attack, creating chances on goal," Schelotto said to the media. "In other parts of the game that was not the case. Maybe we didn't have the same level of play and intensity for the full 90 minutes but we did on many occasions."
FC Dallas won both the matches between the two sides last season and is 20-9-7 against the Galaxy at home all time.