9.2.20 Set the stage dl

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City | 9.2.20


MLS Regular Season
September 2 - 7:30PM
Children's Mercy Park – Kansas City, KS
TXA21 | FCDTV Network | FCDallas.com/Radio | 1270AM


  • FCD record: 2-1-3 (9 pts., 6th in West)
  • SKC record: 5-2-1 (16 pts., 1st in West)
  • FCD vs. SKC all-time: 25-25-12 (100 GF, 91 GA)
  • FCD vs. SKC away: 10-15-7 (40 GF, 57 GA)


  • FC Dallas got back to winning ways with an impressive 3-1 victory over third place Minnesota United at Toyota Stadium Saturday night. The three points launched Dallas from 11th to sixth place in the Western Conference. Luchi Gonzalez and co. will travel to face table-toppers Sporting KC who lead the West with 16 points from eight games. However, SKC hasn't been at their best recently, recording a 5-2 defeat and 1-1 draw in their previous two outings. 


  • Having been held scoreless in its first three games since the restart, FCD's attack reignited early the first half against the Loons with two goals in less than two minutes courtesy of Fafa Picault and Jesús Ferreira. Captain Reto Ziegler capped the night off with a cool penalty after Michael Barrios was fouled in the box. While it was only one game, the three-goal performance was a promising sign that Dallas' offense has found its groove again after what has been a stop-start 2020 season. 


  • FC Dallas has been very solid at the back in recent times. With only four goals conceded, FCD has the best defensive record in the West but will face a stiff challenge Wednesday night against SKC who is the highest scoring team in MLS with 18 goals from eight games. Dallas' defenders will have their hands full with the likes of Alan Pulido and Johnny Russell running at them.


  • Homegrown forward Ricardo Pepi became FCD's fourth-youngest player to start a league match on Saturday against Minnesota. The 17-year-old made the most of his chance, setting up Ferreira for Dallas' second goal just 12 minutes into his first career start. In addition to his assist, Pepi recorded one shot, an 80% passing accuracy and drew one foul in his 59 minutes before making way for Barrios. Even if he doesn't start against SKC on Wednesday, Pepi could be a dangerous weapon off the bench.