FRISCO, Texas – Luchi makes four changes to the lineup that earned a 4-1 over Colorado three days ago as FC Dallas travels to face Sporting KC at 2:30PM CT at Children's Mercy Park. Let's dive a little deeper into today's Starting XI in Lineup Notes, pres. by UnitedHealthcare.
Jimmy Maurer gets his first start in goal since returning from a muscle injury sustained the last time Dallas faced SKC earlier this month. He replaces Kyle Zobeck who performed admirably in his stead and earned a spot on the MLS Team of the Week bench after Dallas' 2-1 win over Houston in the Texas Derby. Zobeck picked up a quad strain towards the end of Dallas' match on Wednesday.
Besides the change at goalkeeper, Luchi makes three lineup rotations as Dallas plays its third game in just seven days. Johnny Nelson replaces Ryan Hollingshead at left back for his sixth start of the campaign, Brandon Servania joins the midfield three in place of Andrés Ricaurte and Fafa Picault returns to the wing to give Michael Barrios a rest. Also, midfielder Bryan Acosta returns from an injury he sustained last time in Kansas City and is available on the bench.
Mosquera Looks to Maintain Momentum
Unsurprisingly, Santiago Mosquera keeps his place at left wing after scoring the first hat trick of his career against Colorado. Mosquera opened the scoring against Rapids in the first half and followed it up with two cool finishes after the break to register the first FC Dallas hat trick since 2018. Mosquera is currently FCD's top scorer with four goals on the year and will look to add to that tally in his third consecutive start.
Starting XI: Jimmy Maurer; Bryan Reynolds, Johnny Nelson, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Thiago Santos, Tanner Tessmann, Brandon Servania; Santiago Mosquera, Franco Jara, Fafa Picault
Substitutes — Phelipe Megiolaro, Ryan Hollingshead, Bressan, Jesús Ferreira, Michael Barrios, Dante Sealy, Andrés Ricaurte, Ricardo Pepi, Bryan Acosta