FC Dallas Denies Sporting Kansas City in 2-0 Win
Kansas City, KS - FC Dallas defeats Sporting Kansas City and earns its first road clean sheet this season in second consecutive win at Children's Mercy Park.
11' - A ball bounced around in the FC Dallas box and eventually fell to Gianluca Busio who spooned it over the ball.
16' - Seth Sinovic got free down the right, but his shot was blocked and Jesse Gonzalez was able to make the save.
26' - Sinovic ghosted into the box and Graham Zusi's set piece deflected of his chest and went just wide.
37' - Sinovic's misplaced pass gifted the ball to Barrios and the Colombian turned and unselfishly crossed to Badji who put his laces through the ball and found the net.
45'+ 3' - Mosquera picked up the second ball from an FC Dallas corner and his swerving drive had Tim Melia at full stretch to deny him.
48' - Servania made a great run and played through Barrios in the middle, who couldn't hit the target.
57' - Jesus Ferreira waltzed through the SKC defense and his clever head fake sent the goal the wrong way and with a composed finish out FC Dallas up 2-0.
60' - Servania's clever turn and pass left Badji open but Melia closed the angle and pushed it behind.
71' - Dániel Sallói found space in the channel but Hedges matched him stride for stride and blocked the goal bound shot at full stretch.
86' - Reto Ziegler's positioning was excellent and allowed him to turn Busio's shot behind for a corner.
90'+4' - Jesse Gonzalez reacted brilliantly and sprang to life to palm Krisztian Nemeth's shot around the post, preserving the clean sheet.
FC Dallas - Jesse Gonzalez; Ryan Hollingshead, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon (Bressan - 64'); Brandon Servania, Bryan Acosta; Santiago Mosquera (Bryan Reynolds - 74'), Jesus Ferreira (Jacori Hayes - 84'), Michael Barrios; Dominique Badji.
Substitutes not used - Jimmy Maurer, Edwin Gyasi, Thomas Roberts, Francis Atuahene.
Sporting Kansas City - Tim Melia; Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Botond Baráth, Graham Zusi; Gedion Zelalem,(Roger Espinoza - 65'), Gianluca Busio, Felipe Gutiérrez; Gerso Fernandes, Yohan Croizet (Krisztian Nemeth - 55'), Johnny Russell (Dániel Sallói - 71').
Substitutes not used - Adrian Zendejas, Andreu Fontàs, Benny Feilhaber, Jimmy Medranda.
FCD: Dominique Badji (Michael Barrios) - 37'
FCD: Jesús Ferreira - 57'
SKC: Yohan Croizet (caution) - 29'
FCD: Reggie Cannon (caution) - 35'
SKC: Felipe Gutiérrez (caution) - 43'
FCD: Bryan Acosta (caution) - 68'
Weather: Sunny, 93
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt, Jose Da Silva
4th Official: Lukasz Szpala
VAR Official: Hilario Grajeda
FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez
Thoughts on the match...
I thought we were fortunate in the first 20 minutes. They were pressing well. They were on us. They created some chances that we suffered through and found a way to keep it out. And then the game slowly started to even out little by little in terms of us figuring out the press and playing out of it with different ways. We had to skip more lines and that's a credit to them and their ability to squeeze us. When we adjusted at the end of the first half, we were able to score in transition with a moment of our own press. In the second half, we knew we couldn't just sit all game. Although they were coming at us, we had to also still stretch them and attack them and continue to find moments of pressing them, if not from a high block then from a mid. And then we put away our chances. I thought we could have put away even a few more. The momentum went our way in terms of clear chances. Jesse made one or two very important saves that obviously I have to give credit to that kept us in the game. That's a very good team. It went our way and I thought we earned it. We scored two dynamic goals. We are going to continue to think and feel and believe and have confidence to get points away. We're going to prepare now to take care of business against Real Salt Lake. That's the next step.
On earning the road result...
It's a great environment here. It's not easy, but the boys channel that in their energy and their motivation and their intensity and their commitment to be a tight block and not make it easy to score. As the game went on, I thought we were tighter. We actually defended better as the game went on. That's a good note to take from this.
On scoring first...
We want to push the game. The game can have moments of us being under pressure or us having possession. We've had moments where we've had some good possession and created well, yet we concede. The game can go any which way at any moment. That's soccer. We want to be dangerous whether we're in a high block or a low block. We want to be dangerous and our forwards did a good job in transition to stretch them with Badji and Barrios trying to get in behind the last line and that's important. We have to continue to do that so we don't absorb too much, because that can catch up to you.
On the playoff race...
It's one game of many. There are a lot of points to play for. Every team has a mathematical chance. It's one game. We're going to enjoy what we did well, but we have got to know that we can do better. There was still a lot of things that can be better. That's the mentality right now to develop and improve so we can have a better performance and take the next step against Salt Lake.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez
Thoughts on the match...
I think the whole team did a great job. From the first minute, we struggled a little bit but towards the end, we got the hang of the game. You've got to give credit to the coaching staff and all of the players.
On the clean sheet...
It feel greats. It's not every game that you get a clean sheet. It feels great to be back on that rhythm. I hope there's more to come in the future.
On the victory...
It just motivates us even more knowing that we can come to a tough environment and take three points. Right now, the whole team feels great but we can't relax. We've got to keep working.
FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira
Thoughts on the match...
We needed to come here and get the three points no matter what. I think, in the back of our head, that was a must (win) three points because we need to get higher in the table so we can keep going up in the playoff positions. We kept that in the back of our mind and we got the three points.
On filling in for Paxton Pomykal...
I think what the coaches needed was someone to play that position. He chose me to play that position. I think I just had to execute it the best way that I can and help the team.
On his goal...
I'm happy to score again. It's been a while since I was on the scoresheet. I'm happy that both of us are competing and both of us are challenging each other. We just have to keep scoring.
On the team's attitude moving forward...
We have to keep in mind that the playoffs are around the corner. We have to keep adding points. Everywhere we go, we have to get the three points no matter what.
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