Jesse Gonzalez’s four saves not enough vs. SKC
- Dallas and Sporting KC split season series, 1-1-1
- Opening-day back four reunite for first time since May 28
- Coy Craft makes first MLS appearance since September 2016
- FCD returns home to face in-state foe Houston on Wednesday
KANSAS CITY, Kansas – FC Dallas (9-6-8, 35 points) dropped their first MLS match to Sporting Kansas City (10-5-10, 40 points) since June 2016 on Saturday night, 2-0 at Children’s Mercy Park.
9’ - Dallas forward Cristian Colman got the game’s first shot on goal as Maxi Urruti played a long ball through to the striker from midfield. Colman beat SKC defender Matt Besler to the ball and fired a low-angle shot from just before the end line that Tim Melia got just enough of to stop.
37’ - Urruti would get a chance of his own as Michael Barrios played a ball into the box that the Argentine connected on, but his first-touch shot went just wide.
42’ - Sporting KC would open the scoring as Diego Rubio snuck into the box off a corner kick unmarked and delivered a volley from Graham Zusi’s service into the top corner of goal.
45’ - Jesse Gonzalez would keep it a one-goal game heading into halftime with a leaping save to push a Cristian Lobato curling shot from outside the top, right corner of the 18 over the bar.
50’ - Gonzalez would be tested again early in the second half as Daniel Salloi tried a shot from 25 yards out through traffic that the FCD Homegrown pushed wide of goal with a diving save.
57’ - Barrios would again create a chance for Dallas, sending a cross into the box for an on-coming Cristian Colman, who’s glancing header from the penalty spot just missed to the left of goal.
74’ - Kellyn Acosta played a ball through to the box for Tesho Akindele, who made a run behind three SKC defenders. Akindele brought the ball down just inside the 18, but couldn’t get a clean touch before Jimmy Medranda knocked the chance away from danger.
90’ - Urruti would get his fourth shot of the night from distance on a chance Melia could not handle cleanly. Walker Zimmerman attempted to put the rebound back over the sprawled goalkeeper, but missed just high.
90+2’ - Gerso Fernandes would put the match away from the top of the area, peeling back off the rush and sending a curling shot far side past Jesse Gonzalez.
SKC - Diego Rubio (Graham Zusi) - 42’
SKC - Gerso Fernandes (Graham Zusi) - 90+2’
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez; Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Hernan Grana; Roland Lamah (Ryan Hollingshead - 65’), Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Barrios (Coy Craft - 79’); Maxi Urruti, Cristian Colman (Tesho Akindele - 65’).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Atiba Harris, Victor Ulloa, Javier Morales.
Sporting KC – Tim Melia; Jimmy Medranda, Matt Besler, Ike Opara, Graham Zusi; Benny Feilhaber (Latif Blessing - 90+3’), Ilie Sanchez, Roger Espinoza; Cristian Lobato (Gerso Fernandes - 68’), Diego Rubio, Daniel Salloi (Erik Palmer-Brown - 83’).
Substitutes Not Used: James Musa, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Seth Sinovic, Andrew Dykstra.
SKC - Ilie Sanchez (caution) - 48’
FCD - Maynor Figueroa (caution) - 80’
Referee: Armando Villareal
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski, Andrew Bigelow
4th Official: Mark Kadlecik
Weather: Clear, 89