FC Dallas extends its first-place lead in the Western Conference standings
- FC Dallas wins at Children’s Mercy Park for first time since Aug. 27, 2011
- Michael Barrios scores for first time in 2018 with hat trick
- Marquinhos Pedroso makes his first MLS start
- FCD returns home to face the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, August 4 (7 PM TXA 21)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FC Dallas extended its lead atop the Western Conference with a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night - their first win at Children’s Mercy Park since Aug. 27, 2011.
FCD got on the board first after Michael Barrios beat Ike Opara for the ball early on. Barrios then regained his balance and chipped the ball over Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia for his first goal of the 2018 season. Barrios jump-started FCD’s lead to 1-0.
After a lead at the break, Gerso Fernandes leveled the game just five minutes into the second half. The forward split Marquinhos Pedroso, in his MLS debut, and Homegrown Victor Ulloa, cutting in from the edge of the box and curling a shot into the back of the net.
In the 62nd minute, Roland Lamah played Barrios through and the winger once again used his speed to get to a loose ball quicker than Melia in goal. Barrios slid a shot between the legs of the keeper off his line to give FCD a 2-1 lead. Barrios then made it 3-1 after he smashed a goal to the left-hand corner of the net, which was powerful enough to beat Melia for a third time. In the same game in which he scored his first goal of 2018 in, Barrios also marked his first career hat trick Saturday night.
Daniel Salloi would give Sporting life in the dying minutes of stoppage time, connecting on a cross inside the six-yard box from Ike Opara in the 97th minute. SKC had one final attempt in the remainder of the match, but FCD was able to hold on for its fifth road win of the season.
FC Dallas — Jesse Gonzalez, Reggie Cannon, Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler, Marquinhos Pedroso, Carlos Gruezo, Victor Ulloa, Maxi Urruti, Michael Barrios (Cristian Colman 82), Roland Lamah (Ryan Hollingshead 90), Tesho Akindele (Paxton Pomykal 82)
Substitutes not used — Jimmy Maurer, Jacori Hayes, Francis Atuehene, Maynor Figueroa
Sporting KC — Tim Melia, Graham Zusi, Ike Opara, Matt Besler, Jaylin Lindsey, Roger Espinoza, Ilie Sánchez, Felipe Gutiérrez (Gianluca Busio 77), Gerso Fernandez, Diego Rubio (Yohan Croizet 69), Dániel Sallói
Substitutes not used — Eric Dick, Seth Sinovic, Amer Didic, Wan Kuzain
DAL: Michael Barrios 23’
SKC: Gerso Fernandez 50’
DAL: Michael Barrios (Roland Lamah) 62’
DAL: Michael Barrios (Maximiliano Urruti) 74’
SKC: Dániel Sallói (Ike Opara) 90’+7’
DAL: Carlos Gruezo (Caution) 15’
DAL: Roland Lamah (Caution) 41’
SKC: Ike Opara (Caution) 45’+2’
DAL: Marquinhos Pedroso (Caution) 69’
SKC: Roger Espinoza (Caution) 87’
DAL: Maximiliano Urruti (Caution) 90’+9”
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 75
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referee: Gianni Facchini, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
4th Official: Rosendo Mendoza
VAR: Younes Marrakchi