KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Faced with another red-hot team, FC Dallas didn’t miss a beat, extending their streak of games without a loss to 17 and dealing the Wizards' playoff hopes a blow on a rainy Saturday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Dallas moved to 11-2-13 on the season, collecting three more points that should cement their place in the playoffs come the end of October. With the defeat, Kansas City (9-9-7, 33 points) weren’t able to gain any ground on Seattle, Colorado and San Jose at the bottom end of the wildcard race. Seattle and San Jose both won on Saturday while Colorado still had to play Real Salt Lake late Saturday night.
Dallas took the reins immediately, applying pressure from the opening whistle and jumping ahead after just four minutes. With Kansas City pinned inside their own half, David Ferreira found a pocket of space on the edge of the penalty area and chipped a ball behind the Wizards defense. Marvin Chavez ran in behind the back line and struck a first time volley just inside Jimmy Nielsen’s near post.
It was the Honduran’s first goal of the season and Ferreira’s 11th assist, which is good for second in Major League Soccer this season. Unfortunately for Kansas City, the Dallas assault didn’t slow down from there.
Milton Rodriguez added his third goal of the season in the 12th minute, when a deft touch by Jackson Goncalves slipped him in behind a shell-shocked Kansas City defense. Rodriguez found himself with plenty of space and time and applied a simple side-footed finish from the edge of the penalty area.
Despite the quick start, the action settled down for much of the rest of the half. Kei Kamara and Davy Arnaud had chances for Kansas City while FCD seemed content to protect their lead and look for opportunities on the counter.
With a mind to making up the two-goal deficit, Wizards manager Peter Vermes inserted Josh Wolff for Stephane Auvray at the half-hour mark while Schellas Hyndman replaced a shaken up Chavez in the 38th with Dax McCarty. To further augment the attack, Vermes brought Teal Bunbury on at the half.
Belying their attacking changes, Kansas City came out in the second half the more aggressive team. Shavar Thomas and Bunbury tested Dario Sala before Ryan Smith finally pulled one back for the home side in the 57th minute, megging the FCD 'keeper from 15 yards out.
With the crowd on the edge of their seat, the Wizards pressed on with Jimmy Conrad narrowly heading wide from an Arnaud corner kick in the 69th minute, while Smith, Kamara and Bunbury took defenders on at every opportunity.
But in the end, another stirring comeback wasn’t to be for the Wizards. FCD's Jeff Cunningham did what he does best, stroking home a late goal off the bench to put himself within one of tying Jaime Moreno’s all-time scoring mark and ending Kansas City’s chances of a second miraculous comeback in four days.
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DAL -- Marvin Chavez 1 (David Ferreira 11) 4
DAL -- Milton Rodriguez 3 (Atiba Harris 2, Jackson Goncalves 1) 12
KC -- Ryan Smith 3 (Josh Wolff 2, Kei Kamara 5) 57
DAL -- Jeff Cunningham 10 (David Ferreira 12) 82
KC -- Michael Harrington (caution; Reckless Tackle) 32
DAL -- Heath Pearce (caution; Reckless Foul) 37
DAL -- Dax McCarty (caution; Delaying a Restart) 76
KC -- Jack Jewsbury (caution; Tactical Foul) 78
DAL -- Atiba Harris (caution; Reckless Tackle) 86
DAL -- David Ferreira (caution; Delaying a Restart) 87
FC Dallas -- Dario Sala, Heath Pearce, Kyle Davies, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez (Edson Edward 85), Atiba Harris, Eric Alexander, Jackson Goncalves, Marvin Chavez (Dax McCarty 37), David Ferreira, Milton Rodriguez (Jeff Cunningham 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Avila, Bruno Guarda, Ruben Luna, Chris Sharpe.
Kansas City Wizards -- Jimmy Nielsen, Michael Harrington, Jimmy Conrad, Shavar Thomas, Roger Espinoza, Davy Arnaud, Stephane Auvray (Josh Wolff 30), Craig Rocastle (Jack Jewsbury 65), Kei Kamara, Birahim Diop (Teal Bunbury 46), Ryan Smith.
Substitutes Not Used: Korede Aiyegbusi, Jonathan Leathers, Graham Zusi, Eric Kronberg.
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee's Assistants: Daniel Belleau; Eric Proctor
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
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