FC Dallas earned a draw on the road last night in Kansas City. We'll be breaking this game down more soon. But first here are the highlights, stats and quotes from last night.
FC Dallas - Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez, Stephen Keel, Matt Hedges, Kellyn Acosta (Andres Escobar 61), Andrew Jacobson, Adam Moffat (Michel 87), Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz (David Texeira 78), Je-Vaughn Watson, Blas Perez.
Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Nicholas Walker, Peter Luccin, Hendry Thomas.
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Blas Perez 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Matt Hedges 1); FOULS: 19 (Fabian Castillo and Blas Perez 4); OFFSIDES: 5 (Fabian Castillo 4); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Mauro Diaz and Andres Escobar); SAVES: 7 (Chris Seitz 5).
Sporting Kansas City - Eric Kronberg, Mechack Jerome, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Seth Sinovic, Jimmy Medranda (Alex Martinez 75), Benny Feilhaber, Oriol Rosell, Dominic Dwyer Claudio Bieler 77), C.J. Sapong (Jacob Peterson 45), Sal Zizzo.
Substitutes Not Used: Lawrence Olum, Andy Gruenebaum, Ike Opara, Kevin Ellis
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Three players with 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 12 (Benny Feilhaber 8); SAVES: 0.
DAL - Adam Moffat (caution) 28
DAL - Stephen Keel (caution) 30
DAL - Je-Vaughn Watson (caution) 88
Referee: Abbey Okulaja
Referee's Assistants: Eric Weisbrod, Nikola Aleksic
4th Official: Leszak Stalmach
Time of Game: 1:54
Weather: Cloudy, 70 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Thoughts on the match...
First, I have to say that it's great to come to Kansas City and play in this atmosphere. Congratulations to [Sporting Kansas City], a great franchise. It's an honor for us to come and share this game.
The first 30 minutes, Kansas City put us on our heels and had a lot of corner kicks. We gave away a lot and it was overwhelming in that moment. But our team showed a lot of character, started to wake up and have some control. We got some options, handled the game and at the end of the first half, we found a game that was both ways. We started to gain more control of the game.
Thoughts on the second half...
In the second half we looked very organized. As I said, FC Dallas has very good discipline and a lot of shape. We knew that Kansas City was going to throw bodies in and it's a characteristic for them to play aggressive, but I thought we controlled that.
On coming back from a goal down...
After [Aurelien] Collin's goal, we drove hard. That's why I'm very proud tonight. We showed a lot of character. Our team is going to do big things this year.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz
On approaching the first road game of the season...
We knew it was going to be a big game. We knew that they are obviously the defending champs so we knew it was going to be a tough game for us. We held strong and our lines and shapes stayed real well and we ended up getting a point out of it.
On the late goal and securing a point at home...
It was huge. Michel came in late and made a difference. That's something we always talk about, coming in and doing your job. But, also making a difference. You saw the ball he put in and Hedges had a great finish.
On the physical battle...
It's always a good game when we play them. It's always a blood bath and there are a lot of hard tackles and it's a hard fought game every year. To get a point out on the road early on and kind of build from there is huge for us.
On Pareja's game plan for FC Dallas heading into the road match...
You saw us go for attack when we could. Obviously they are a good team and they break out, so we try to clog the middle a bit and try to make them play to their weaknesses. For us, we created some chances, probably not as much as we are used to. But, at the end of the day, we finished what we had and now we'll go home happy with it.
FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges
On scoring the equalizing goal in the 90th minute...
We are a really dangerous team on free kicks. Any time we get one, we have a chance to score especially with Michel in there. He serves in some great balls and we have a good understanding of where I need to be and where he is going to put the ball. I just need to put it in the net when he does it.
On FC Dallas equalizing late in each of the last two years against Sporting KC...
It just shows the character of our team. We always fight for 90 minutes even though we're down a goal. We are always looking to come back and try and get the point on the road.
On changes from last weekend's home match against the Montreal Impact...
We know Sporting KC is good at playing out of the back, so we wanted to try and frustrate them and play a little deeper. After the first twenty minutes, I think it started to work really well. We were under a lot of pressure at the beginning but after that I think we started to play a little bit more and get more chances.
Adjusting to new head coach Oscar Pareja's system...
You're always going to have new coaches and new systems to play, so you just have to be flexible. With Oscar coming in, he's playing a system that a lot of the players really enjoy. I think everybody's really happy about it and it's exciting for us.