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FC Dallas Uses Late Goals To Cap An Amazing Comeback Over Sporting Kansas City

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Wow. Just 

FC Dallas uses two late goals from Maicon Santos and Bobby Warshaw to cap an amazing comeback to beat Sporting Kansas City tonight 3-2. Both goals came off of amazing crosses from MVP candidate Brek Shea

Just wow. 

(Read on for more thoughts on tonight's comeback and quote sheet)

Finishing strong. Throw away the 70 minutes or so before the final three goals and it was a nasty night for Dallas. We always talk about the character of this club and this was certainly a character win for FCD tonight. The man advantage late certainly helped out but it was seeing the fight in the boys late that really impressed me tonight. Shea was frustrated all evening and Santos couldn't get a shot on frame but in the end it didn't matter. Three amazing balls into the box by Shea and Hernandez was all it took.

Headers, finally. It feels like ages since we last saw a goal in league play scored from someone's head for this club. But all three tonight came from crosses into the box that someone got on the end of in the right manner. KC fans will talk about their poor tackling and the refs all tonight but it was their marking in the box that did them in. Kudos to Dallas for finding the holes in the defense on set pieces and on the wings tonight. 

Tough road. Yeah this has been a brutal road trip for the club but getting a result like this will do major things for a club. Look at KC for instance, their big win in Dallas back in June really sparked their resurgence this season. After seeing Dallas stumble in the month of August in league play, this kind of win on the road will and should do the same thing for Dallas. Yes, they have a USOC semifinal next Tuesday but at least this game gives them the proper momentum going into it now. There was certainly a concern from us all about this match and what it would do for the next Tuesday's game but that worry is gone from me. Even with less gas in the tank on these guys, I'm not nearly as worried. They showed the heart and fight to get the job done.

The first 70. As great as the comeback was we still need to talk about the rest of the game. It was bad. Very bad at times in fact. Defensive miscommunications lead to their goals and nearly caused others. KC is a good team and a very dangerous one on the ball. Dallas had given them too much space at time to take chances in this one. I mentioned yesterday in the scouting report that Dallas needed to make KC chase the game. When Dallas was successful tonight it was due to high pressure and better possession. When times were bad tonight it was due to poor tackling in the midfield, bad possession and mental errors in the back. We still saw some tired legs out of this back four tonight of Ugo, Jair Benitez, Jeremy Hall and Andrew Jacobson but for the most part it wasn't so bad that it cost FCD the three points.

I think once Zach Loyd gets healthy we'll see him back on the outside part of the defense and AJ will stay in the middle. I thought him and Ugo had a few good moments together tonight that lead me to think that this should be the duo for the team moving forward without George John

Three points are big. Can't say it enough, these three points are huge. Colorado stumbled tonight in Chicago and with Seattle winning a blowout over Columbus, Dallas needed to stay afloat in the Western Conference. And they did. 

Scoring Summary:
KC -- Kei Kamara 8 (unassisted) 22
KC -- Omar Bravo 7 (Teal Bunbury 3) 68
DAL -- Daniel Hernandez 2 (unassisted) 70
DAL -- Maicon Santos 8 (Brek Shea 2) 89
DAL -- Bobby Warshaw 1 (Brek Shea 3) 91+

FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Andrew Jacobson, Jeremy Hall, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez (Ruben Luna 79), Marvin Chavez (Bobby Warshaw 68), Bruno Guarda (Jackson 61), Ricardo Villar, Daniel Hernandez, Brek Shea, Maicon Santos.

Substitutes Not Used: Jack Stewart, Victor Ulloa, Andrew Wiedeman, Chris Seitz.

Sporting KC -- Jimmy Nielsen, Chance Myers, Matt Besler, Julio Cesar, Seth Sinovic (Michael Harrington 89), Kei Kamara, Roger Espinoza, Omar Bravo (Aurelien Collin 71), Graham Zusi, C.J. Sapong, Teal Bunbury.

Substitutes Not Used: Korede Aiyegbusi, Davy Arnaud, Birahim Diop, Soony Saad, Eric Kronberg.

Misconduct Summary:
KC -- Teal Bunbury (caution; Reckless Foul) 16
KC -- Chance Myers (caution; Persistent Infringement) 36
DAL -- Jair Benitez (caution; Dissent) 36
DAL -- Brek Shea (caution; Reckless Foul) 51
KC -- Teal Bunbury (caution; Reckless Foul) 76
KC -- Teal Bunbury (ejection; Second Caution) 76
DAL -- Ugo Ihemelu (caution; Tactical Foul) 81
DAL -- Daniel Hernandez (caution; Tactical Foul) 90

Referee: Chris Penso
Referee's Assistants: Paul Scott; Bill Dittmar
4th Official: Edvin Jurisevic

Attendance: 20,018
Time of Game: 2:11
Weather: Sunny and 88 degrees


FC Dallas Manager Schellas Hyndman

On his team’s attitude…
I said to our players what is it about you?  You never give up when things are going against you.  We were playing against a very good team at home.  We have had a very difficult couple of weeks or I should say a couple months.  A sellout atmosphere, a tremendous atmosphere, what is it about you guys?  It really comes down to leadership and character.  I don’t think anybody should ever expect FC Dallas to give up.  I think tonight was an example of great leadership and character.

On the performance of Brek Shea…
I think at the end Brek sent some quality balls in. The field itself wasn’t really quality enough for either team, but I think what it does is really help the attacking team.  Brek got free a couple of times there at the end, served some great balls and obviously being down a man it was really difficult for Sporting Kansas City to get players to attack and defend. 

On the dynamics of a 2-0 match…
When you’re up two goals it’s a dangerous time in a game.  A lot of people don’t realize when you’re up two goals its not a great time in a game.  You have to kill the game and if you give a team a chance to get one then they have the confidence to get more.

On the timing of the first goal for FC Dallas…
It is always about timing isn’t it?  While they are still celebrating on their second goal we get a free kick and I think it was probably Brek that got fouled and Hernandez hits it into the box trying get somebody to get a head on it and it just gets through everyone.  Unassisted goal but it was huge timing.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman

General thoughts on the match…

I’m just really excited about the guys really hanging in there. We made a mistake on the first goal, their guy came through and we couldn’t really do much about it, and the second goal is us needing to work on our marking on free kicks. There are things we can improve on certainly, but I think the most important thing is that we were a group that stayed level-headed and continued to compete and have opportunities. To walk out of KC with the three points is crucial for us. Tonight was really a good step for us.

On returning to Kansas City and playing at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park…
I saw Cliff [Illig] before the game and I congratulated him. It’s something they should be proud of. The field obviously needs to continue to come along, but it’s kind of new growth, it doesn’t have deep roots yet. The field will come along and will get to a point where they’ll be able to play the kind of soccer that they really want and play more possession and get results they’re looking for, they’ve certainly done really well so far.

FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea

General thoughts on the match…
First off, great stadium, great crowd, I really enjoyed the environment. I think it was back and forth pretty much all game. They went ahead in the first half, and could’ve been up 2-0, I thought maybe we could have got a goal as well. The second half they got up 2-0, but this team showed what we’re all about and we didn’t give up, we kept fighting.

On playing their second match this year against Sporting Kansas City…

I think Kansas City after that 4-1 win in Dallas, they were on a roll and were playing really well. I think we really wanted to come in here and get a win. On a personal level, they came into our house and beat us, we wanted to come in and do the same thing. We pulled it out.

On 3.5 games in a week…
I love playing games, but I don’t know if my body agrees with me right now. But we’re trying to do everything we can to get ready for it. I think we’re excited, it’s the semifinals [of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup]. Hopefully we get a win there then win the final.

FC Dallas forward Maicon Santos,

General thoughts on the match…
We knew this was going to be a tough game for us. To come back in a game like that, is very difficult. We kept pressing and pressing and got our first goal and then we kept it going and got three goals. We’ve been fatigued with travel, but as a team, we should not give up. We play well, and want to keep up and score goals.

FC Dallas defender Bobby Warshaw

On his goal…
That’s why Brek [Shea]’s the man. He can win you a game, save you a game any moment. That’s why he’s Brek Shea right now. When Brek gets the ball, you know he’s going to do special things, you work hard, get in the box and hopefully a good thing happens.

Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes…

General thoughts on the match…
Look, we did more than enough being up two goals at home to secure the win.  It’s not even closing down the game.  At the end we weren’t competing enough.  They got two balls in from the outside, which we should be close enough to even block them.  Then we let two guys get in on the back door not necessarily unmarked but not challenged like they should be and they scored two goals which is a credit to them. 

On the performance of FC Dallas…
They played well.  The whole game through they tried to just grind it out because obviously they are just coming back from their road trip in Toronto and I give them all the credit in the world for coming back.  Great goals they scored. 

On dealing with crosses and set pieces coming into the area…
It’s not that everybody stopped competing.  When there’s balls on the outside getting played in.  First off the cross can be denied and then also you can still get on your men.  The guy doesn’t always have to hit a good cross.  Sometimes he over hits it or its to short and we’re not close to men.  I have to see it again, but on the set piece goal they score after we were up 2-0 I think we only had one person in the wall.  And that is lack of organization so these are some things I’ll have to review.

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza


General thoughts on the match…

I thought we did really well, I mean even though they scored one goal we were doing pretty well with 10 men on the field. Our mental breakdown was in the 80th minute when they scored their second goal and at that point I said ‘OK, I’ll take the point”.

On losing the lead…
I don’t know what happened from there, we lost concentration. It’s frustrating this is about the fourth time this has happened this season, we either have to settle for a point, or we lose. This is the second time at home.