SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs FC DALLAS
LIVESTRONG SPORTING PARK, Kansas City, Kan.
March 25, 2012
7 p.m. ET (Galavision; FS-SW)
REFEREE: Abbey Okulaja.
MLS Career: 112 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 19; pens: 25
SAR (bench): Frank Anderson;
JAR (opposite): Peter Balciunas;
4th: Yader Reyes
SPORTING KANSAS CITY — OUT: GK Eric Kronberg (lower back injury); PROBABLE: MF Paulo Nagamura (L calf strain); MF Graham Zusi (R knee strain); FW Bobby Convey (L abdominal strain); DF Aurelien Collin (R hamstring strain) …
FC DALLAS — OUT: MF Fabian Castillo (L knee); FW Scott Sealy (R knee); DOUBTFUL: MF David Ferreira (R ankle)
KC: Teal Bunbury (USA U-23) …
DAL: Brek Shea (USA U-23); Carlos Rodriguez (Panama U-23)
ALL-TIME (46 meetings):
Sporting 19 wins (2 shootout), 66 goals …
FC Dallas 19 wins (1 shootout), 76 goals …
AT KC (23 meetings):
Sporting 10 wins (0 shootout), 41 goals …
FC Dallas 8 wins (1 shootout), 32 goals …
LAST YEAR (MLS):
6/12: DAL 1, KC 4 (Shea 32 - Zusi 28, 55; Collin 49; Sassano 78)
8/27: KC 2, DAL 3 (Kamara 22; Bravo 68 - D. Hernandez 70; Maicon Santos 89; Warshaw 90)
- This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
- After 16 seasons, the all-time series between the teams is deadlocked, each club with 19 victories.
- The road team has won each of the last three meetings in the series, including a 3-2 FC Dallas victory last Aug. 27 at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Peter Vermes vs. DAL: P5 W2 L3 D0 …
Schellas Hyndman vs. KC: P8 W4 L2 D2
SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Sporting Kansas City made their 2012 home debut and won for the second time in as many starts, a comprehensive 3-0 victory against the New England Revolution on Saturday evening at Livestrong Sporting Park. Sporting are tied with the Houston Dynamo with 6 points from 2 matches, leading the Eastern Conference.
Sporting are one of three teams - along with Houston and Vancouver - yet to concede a goal on the young season.
It’s the second time in three seasons SKC has started with back-to-back shutout victories.
FC Dallas completed their two-game homestand to start the 2012 season with a draw, a 1-1 result with the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening at FC Dallas Stadium. FCD is tied for fourth place in the Western Conference with 4 points from 2 matches.
After setting up both FC Dallas goals in his first MLS game, Panamanian international Blas Perez scored his first league goal in FCD’s 1-1 tie Saturday with the Portland Timbers.
It took nearly three years, but FCD Home Grown Player Bryan Leyva finally made his first MLS start Saturday vs. Portland. Since signing with the club Sept. 20, 2009, Leyva had made one league appearance ñ a 13-minute shift on May 20, 2010 vs. LA.
FCD will be without another starter for the next couple of weeks, after Carlos Rodriguez was called into Panama’s U-23 national team for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.