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Know Your Enemy: Sporting KC

FC Dallas returns to Toyota Stadium for the final time in April on Sunday as Oscar Pareja's side hosts Sporting Kansas City in a match of the top two teams in MLS heading into the weekend. FC Dallas(4-1-2, 14 points) is coming off a 3-1 demolishing of Portland at Providence Park on Wednesday while Sporting KC(4-2-0, 12 points) is looking to rebound from a 2-1 loss at home to Colorado. The match will be aired nationally on FS1 and kicks off at 6:00PM. Tickets are sold out, but are available through the Flash Seats Resale Market.


FC Dallas earned three points from the first meeting with Sporting KC early in the year, but after that fell three times later in the season by relatively lopsided scorelines. FCD fell 4-0 and 3-1 in MLS contests at Children's Mercy Park last year and were also knocked out of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup by Sporting so there will certainly be a revenge factor on Sunday night much like Wednesday's match in Portland. The first of three MLS meetings this year, FCD plays at Sporting on June 19th and then hosts them again on August 13th.


Dom Dwyer - Their leading scorer and most exciting player, Dwyer has come out hot in 2016 with four goals in six games to open the year. Dwyer was rested on Wednesday night vs Colorado but came off the bench to score the game-tying goal in the 77th minute. With 34 goals in 2014-2015, Dwyer has been leading the line for Sporting KC and will be a handful for the Dallas defense with his off the ball movement, technical skill and finishing ability. 


Graham Zusi vs Ryan Hollingshead - A name synonymous with Sporting KC, Zusi has played every minute for Kansas City this year and has two assists. He'll likely match up against Ryan Hollingshead on the right in a battle that will be fun to watch all evening

Victor Ulloa vs Benny Feilhaber - With Carlos Gruezo suspended for yellow card accumulation, Ulloa will have the task of slowing down the Sporting #10. Feilhaber lit up MLS for 10 goals and 15 assists last year and loves to create plays while also crashing the box late to strike on loose balls in the box. 


Goalkeeper: Tim Melia; Defenders: Saad Abdul-Salaam, Nuno Coelho, Matt Besler, Amadou Dia; Midfielders: Roger Espinoza, Lawrence Olum, Benny Feilhaber, Graham Zusi, Connor Hallisey, Forward: Dom Dwyer


Dallas has two straight draws at home, something that has not happened in quite a while, and they haven't gone three straight at home without a win since early 2014. It'll be a tough test against a Sporting side that has two shutout road wins this year, yet to allow a goal on the road. For FCD the key is pressuring the ball like they did in Portland, forcing the opponent into mistakes and capitalizing on them.