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Matchday 27: FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City

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The roadtrip from hell version 2 continues tonight as FC Dallas travels to Sporting Kansas City to face a KC side that has lost just once in MLS play since the middle of May.

Game notes

48 hours rest As we all know, just a little more than 48 hours ago Dallas defeated Toronto FC 1-0 in Champions League play so it's an ultra-quick turnaround for a team that likely has had just one regeneration session.

Packed House Livestrong Sporting Park is sold out for tonight's match. I actually think this is a good thing for Dallas as tired legs can find some life when you walk out in a stadium that is packed and buzzing. I've been told there's nearly 30 seats sold in the FCD section so there will at least be a few Dallas fans in the house.

Cruz out, Loyd/Jacobson back? Daniel Cruz is suspended tonight, but Andrew Jacobson traveled to KC and could be available tonight provided he's recovered from his food poisoning. Also, Zach Loyd is listed as questionable in the game notes but I would imagine he plays tonight.

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Referee

Another relatively new referee...4 pens and 2 red cards in 8 MLS games

REFEREE: Chris Penso. SAR (bench): Paul Scott; JAR (opposite): Bill Dittmar; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic
MLS Career: 8 games; FC/gm: 22.9; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 2; pens: 4

Prediction

This is a real tough game for Dallas tonight against a team that doesn't lose very much these days. Dallas will surely have the 4-1 defeat on their minds, but do they have the legs to compete for 90 minutes? They'll fight but I think Dallas comes up short in the second half.

2-1 Sporting KC

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LINEUPS:

FC Dallas: Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, Ugo Ihemelu, Andrew Jacobson, Jeremy Hall, Daniel Hernandez, Brek Shea, Ricardo Villar, Bruno Guarda, Marvin Chavez and Maicon Santos

Bench: Chris Seitz, Bobby Warshaw, Victor Ulloa, Jack Stewart, Jackson Goncalves, Andrew Wiedeman, and Ruben Luna

Sporting KC: Jimmy Neilsen, Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Julio Cesar, Chance Myers, Roger Espinoza, Graham Zusi, Omar Bravo, CJ Sapong, Teal Bunbury, Kei Kamara