Dallas Soccer: sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas played to a 2-2 draw in MLS Reserve League action Tuesday evening at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park, Kansas City. With the draw, FC Dallas Reserves move into first place in MLS Reserve League standings.

Sporting KC rookie Dom Dwyer netted a goal in the 87th minute that negated a go-ahead strike from Ruben Luna in the 51st minute. Luna scored both of Dallas’ goals. His first came in the 39th minute on a pass from fellow FC Dallas Academy product Danny Garcia. Luna scored 10 goals to lead the MLS Reserve League in scoring last season.

Tuesday’s match began with Sporting Kansas City taking a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute after earning a corner kick. Soony Saad played the set piece short to Luke Sassano, who played a one-touch pass back to Saad. The Michigan native sent the ball into the mix, with Michael Thomas in prime position in front of FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez to give Sporting Kansas City the 1-0 lead.

In the 39th minute, Luna capitalized on his chance at redemption as he received a heavily-weighted pass from FC Dallas Academy player Danny Garcia, who had just finished an aggressive run down the left sideline. Luna took a touch and buried his shot into the top of the Sporting Kansas City net despite Kempin getting a hand on the close-range attempt.

Starting the second half tied 1-1, it wasn’t long before Luna struck again. In the 51st minute, Luna combined with Scott Sealy and calmly finished to the near post. The goal marked Luna's sixth goal in his past two Reserve League matches against Sporting Kansas City after scoring four in the teams’ previous meeting in 2011.

In the 87th minute, it was Korede Aiyegbusi's run up the left sideline that led to the game's final goal. Aiyegbusi beat his defender to the endline before sending a cross to the middle of the area. Dwyer, Sporting Kansas City's first round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, beat Sanchez to the right side for the late equalizer and his second goal in the Reserve League this season.

With the draw, FC Dallas Reserves (3-1-1, 10 points) move into first place of the Central/Mountain Division and the MLS Reserve League overall standings. Sporting Kansas City (1-2-2) picked up its fifth point at the half-way point of the 10-game season. FC Dallas Reserves next match is set for Saturday, June 16 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The FC Dallas Reserves will face the Houston Dynamo Reserves at 6:30 p.m. CT. The match will follow the teams’ MLS match, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. CT

Goals by Period 1 2 F
Sporting Kansas City (1-2-2) 1 1 2
FC Dallas (3-1-1) 1 1 2

Scoring Summary:
KC – Michael Thomas (Saad) 16
DAL – Ruben Luna (Danny Garcia) 39
DAL – Ruben Luna (Scott Sealy) 51
KC – Dom Dwyer (Korede Aiyegbusi) 87

Disciplinary Summary:
DAL – Alex Lee (Caution; Reckless Foul) 34
DAL – Moises Hernandez (Caution; Dissent) 92

FC Dallas Reserves – Richard Sanchez; Alex Lee, Matt Hedges, Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez; Jonathon Top (Bryan Leyva 85); Bobby Warshaw, James Marcelin* (Aaron Guillen** 69), Danny Garcia** (Michael Ambrose** 46), Scott Sealy, Ruben Luna.

Subs not used: Eduardo Cortez**

Sporting KC Reserves – Jon Kempin; Korede Aiyegbusi, Konrad Warzycha, Lawrence Olum, Kevin Ellis; Luke Sassano, Michael Thomas, Peterson Joseph (Leo Gibson*66); Jacob Peterson (Kyle Miller* 66), Soony Saad (David Leichty**), Dom Dwyer (Teal Bunbury 88).

Subs not used: Jacole Turner**, Erik Palmer-Brown**

*Guest trialist
**Juniors Academy player

March 25, 2012
7 p.m. ET (Galavision; FS-SW)

Where to watch the match from FCD pub list.

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 …
Ties 8

AT KC (23 meetings):
Sporting 10 wins (0 shootout), 41 goals …
FC Dallas 8 wins (1 shootout), 32 goals …
Ties 5


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.

Coaches record:
Peter Vermes vs. DAL: P5 W2 L3 D0 …
Schellas Hyndman vs. KC: P8 W4 L2 D2


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 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.

Match Grades: FC Dallas v Sporting KC

June, 13, 2011
Nobody was under the impression that the 2011 edition of FC Dallas was going to repeat the 19 game unbeaten streak of the previous season. Dallas was going to drop points eventually, probably sooner than later.

But its unlikely that anyone suspected that Dallas would drop those three points in the horrific manner that took place in Sunday's 4-1 drubbing at the feet of a sad sack Kansas City side.

There is little debate that the attitude and apathy that was on display in red and white hoops had previously been unseen since Hyndman fully stamped his thumbprint on the squad in 2010.

Dallas didn't lose to a "better" team, but they lost to a team that wanted the points more, and worked a lot harder. That is something very unfamiliar to a FC Dallas fan. The number of horrid passes, lay out on tackles, halted runs, or no run at all became uncountable long before halftime. If a fan was of a conspiracy-loving orientation, they'd certainly think that someone had gassed the FCD locker room prior to kickoff.

Yes, it was hot - but that is supposed to be an advantage for the home team. Sure, KC was having to run out a long list of reserves and FCD was at full strength - but how'd that end up being advantageous for Sporting? Yeah, KC went down a man with about 30 minutes remaining - so after how'd SKC end up being the only team to score?

There is either a simple, single answer - Hyndman made a mistake in letting off the throttle with the week-long break, or something larger is afoot.

It was a second consecutive match Dallas was allowed to hold the vast majority of possession, except in the last match against New England, Dallas used it to create multiple opportunities that went unfinished. Against KC, all that possession went unspent. Dallas' only shot on goal came after Shea's one-man Messi impersonation.

One. Shot. On. Goal. Let that sink in, then remember KC sits on the bottom of the ladder and spent the last quarter of the match down a man.

Dallas now gets to travel to LA face down Chivas USA. On paper, that's an away match that FCD should at least grab a point. If Dallas throws out a consecutive poor performance questions will begin wondering if the adrenaline of the Ferreira injury and the switch in formation have worn off.

Hyndman has been a master at the mental aspect of this game and the solid bet is that Sunday's dump was a one-off. An exception to the rule from a team given some latitude with a full week off for the first time since April. FC Dallas has simply been too mentally tough for too long. Dallas might not win in LA, but its unlikely that it will happen in the manner that unfurled Sunday night.


Hartman - 3: If Kevin can get caught napping like that…

Loyd - 2: Bad passing, poor defending

John - 4: Just part of the bad night

Ugo - 3: Didn't look interested & multiple bad touches

Benitez - 3: Left work ethic at home

Alexander - 4: Sacrificed (saved?) from 2nd half

Shea - 5: Hard to give anyone an average grade, but Shea's one moment will become a FCD highlight reel filler for all time.

Hernandez - 3: Daniel needs to get team back on track

Jacobson - 3: If anyone struggled it was this kid

Chavez - 2: For someone so fast, why so slow in making decisions on the ball?

Castillo - 2: Another ghosting of a performance


Milton - 3: Failed to have any effect on the match

Jackson - 3: Only a slight upgrade from Zack's performance

Luna - 3: The hopes for a breakout season seem so long ago.