FC Dallas exploit SKC mistakes to clinch road win
Rare defensive miscues by the hosts set up goals in each half, and FC Dallas claimed a 2-0 road victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.
Dominique Badji and Jesus Ferreira claimed the goals for Dallas (9-8-5, 32 points), which entered with just one win in its last six games across all competitions. The victory moved Dallas firmly above the playoff cutline in the Western Conference.
Sporting KC (6-8-7, 25 points), who had won consecutive shutouts, were looking to pull closer to the final playoff spot in the West, but instead saw that gap widen. They are now 4-4-3 at home this season, after previously not losing three matches at home since the 2016 season.
A mistake by veteran defender Seth Sinovic led to the first Dallas goal in the 37th minute. Sinovic attempted to pass the ball back to Gianluca Busio, who looked like he thought it was intended for someone else. The ball sailed past Busio, right to the feet of Michael Barrios. Barrios then crossed it to Badji, who one-timed it past SKC keeper Tim Melia.
FC Dallas took advantage of another defensive mistake in the 57th minute. Ferreira got position just outside the 18-yard box and seemed to catch the Sporting defense flat-footed. He dribbled around Botond Barath and fired it past Melia.
Despite the result on the scoreboard, much of the match was controlled by Sporting. They held a 18-13 advantage in shots, though only two were on goal (to six for Dallas), and none on goal until the 88th minute. They also held a 55- to 45-percent advantage in possession in each half.
Kansas City outshot FC Dallas 8-4 before half-time.
Sporting had been 8-1-2 in their last 11 home meetings with FC Dallas across all competitions, scoring 28 goals and conceding just 10.