FC Dallas will look to extend their nine-game unbeaten streak Sunday against Sporting Kansas City at Pizza Hut Park.
Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m.
MATCH DAY INFO:
- 4:00 p.m. March to the Match tailgate at Londoner Frisco
- 4:30 p.m. Gates open at Pizza Hut Park with happy hour drink specials on the Budweiser Beer Garden including $2 beers, $4 'ritas, $4 wine and $5 beer bombers
- 5:30 p.m. March to the Match led by Carlos Alvarado, Spanish radio play-by-play voice of FC Dallas since 1996
- 6:00 p.m. Kickoff
PLEASE NOTE - DALLAS NORTH TOLLWAY CLOSED
The Dallas North Tollway will be closed today from Headquarters Drive on the south to Gaylord Parkway on the north. We would suggest that you take Preston Rd or Legacy Dr if possible.
REFEREE: Kevin Stott.
SAR (bench): Anthony Vasoli;
JAR (opposite): Brian Poeschel;
4th: Matthew Foerster
MLS Career: 201 games; FC/gm: 25.8; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 53; pens: 41
FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle);
QUESTIONABLE: MF Bryan Leyva (R ankle) …
SPORTING KANSAS CITY – OUT: FW Konrad Warzycha (R knee surgery);
QUESTIONABLE: FW Omar Bravo (lower back strain); MF Ryan Smith (L groin strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: KC: Craig Rocastle (Grenada), Roger Espinoza (Honduras), Stephane Auvray (Guadeloupe), Shavar Thomas (Jamaica)
SUSPENDED: KC: Michael Harrington (caution accumulation; through June 12); Jimmy Nielsen (through June 12)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson … KC: Omar Bravo, Aurelien Collin
ALL-TIME (44 meetings):
FC Dallas 18 wins (1 shootout), 72 goals …
Sporting 18 wins (2 shootout), 60 goals …
AT DALLAS (22 meetings):
FC Dallas 11 wins (0 shootout), 43 goals …
Sporting 8 wins (2 shootout), 21 goals … Ties 3
RETURN MATCH: 8/27: Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. CT
LAST YEAR (MLS):
7/3: DAL 1, KC 0 (Ferreira 58)
9/25: KC 1, DAL 3 (Smith 57 – Chavez 4; Rodriguez 12; Cunningham 82)
- FC Dallas has won by shutout in each of Kansas City’s last two trips to Pizza Hut Park, including a 6-0 victory in 2009. KC’s last win at Dallas came in 2007.
- FC Dallas has come away with points on three of their last four trips to Kansas City, with two wins and a draw since 2007.
- Coaches record: Schellas Hyndman vs. KC: P6 W3 L1 D2 … Peter Vermes vs. DAL: P3 W1 L2 D0
FC DALLAS NEWS
FC Dallas stretched their unbeaten streak to nine games with yet another shutout, this time a 1-0 win against the New England Revolution on Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park. FCD has 25 points from 12 games on the season, in second place in the Western Conference.
- With FC Dallas facing a lack of attacking options due to injury, Marvin Chavez turned down a call to the Honduras national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He scored his first goal of 2011 for the winner against New England; the week before he set up FCD’s second goal in the 2-2 tie with Houston.
- After seeing their shutout streak end in the 2-2 draw at Houston, FC Dallas again kept a clean sheet, their sixth in the last seven games and seventh overall this season, tied with Real Salt Lake for second-most in the league, behind the LA Galaxy’s eight.
- FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman recorded his 100th career shutout, most all-time in MLS. Eight of those shutouts have come against Sporting KC.
- FC Dallas have not lost since April 17, a 3-2 defeat at Portland, their last full match with David Ferreira in the lineup. FCD is now unbeaten in nine straight matches.
- Jackson missed the match against New England because he returned to Brazil to marry his longtime girlfriend. He has returned and is back with FCD.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY NEWS
Sporting Kansas City opened their new ground in grand style, but couldn’t come away with a victory, playing to a scoreless draw with the Chicago Fire on Thursday evening at Livestrong Sporting Park. Sporting have 7 points from 11 matches on the season, sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
- After opening their new stadium, Sporting head right back out on the road. They concluded their 10-game road trip to start the season with one win and three draws.
- The last team to open with an extended road swing – the Chicago Fire in 2006 – started with two wins and four draws in nine games. They finished the season in third place in the Eastern Conference.
- The game drew an overflow crowd to the opening of Livestrong Sporting Park. Just once has the home team lost in opening games in stadiums specifically built for soccer since the start of the league – in 2007, when Toronto FC fell to Kansas City in the opening of BMO Field.
- After becoming the final team in MLS this season to record a defensive shutout, Sporting now have two in as many games.
- Sporting were shut out for the fifth time this season, the fourth in the past six games. Sporting have scored just two goals in that stretch, after scoring 10 times in their first five games of the season.
- With Jimmy Nielsen sent off, Eric Kronberg is almost certain to make his third start of the season in goal, over a six-game span. His fourth career appearance, since being selected in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, came as a substitute after Nielsen’s red card. He backstopped the club’s first shutout of the year, the scoreless draw at Toronto on June 4.