It was a physical game between two Western Conference rivals but in the end FC Dallas rode a brace from Blas Perez and a goal from Fabian Castillo to a 3-1 win on Saturday night over Sporting Kansas City.
The win gives FC Dallas a 2-0-0 start to the season along with for the moment Perez tied for the league league in goals scored. It was also Perez's fifth multi-goal game of his career.
Both teams came out with a lot of energy as each traded chances in the first ten minutes. Castillo found a way into the Sporting defense seven minutes into the match with some clever dribbling on the ball on the near post. After beating two defenders his pass was deflected out of danger from the KC goal.
Dallas made their first breakthrough in the 17th minute on a great team goal. On a counter attack, Castillo raced the ball forward to Tesho Akindele, who did a quick spin move at the top of the penalty box to free up Blas Perez. The veteran forward would take the open pass from Akindele and shot a one-timer by Sporting keeper Luis Marin for the game's first goal.
Sporting would find their way back into the game just before half time with a goal from Roger Espinoza in the 44th minute. Espinoza took a pass from Benny Feilhaber and dribbled several yards before ripping a shot from outside of the penalty box. The ball would take a deflection before beating Chris Seitz.
Dallas would regain the lead shortly after halftime with Perez scoring his second of the match. FCD would get a corner kick cleared back to Michel on the edge of the penalty box, he would chip the entire defense to find Perez waiting on the back post unmarked.
FCD would get their insurance goal in the 73rd minute from Castillo. Dallas found yet another counter attack play after Michel sent a long ball over the top of the defense to Ryan Hollingshead, who would send a one-time pass to Castillo. The young Colombian would beat the Marin at the edge of the penalty box and tap in the goal for his first of the season.
Sporting would get a chance to get one back in the 79th minute on a penalty kick. Matt Hedges would be called for a handball in the box but thankfully Seitz would come up huge on the Dom Dwyer penalty. Seitz would guess left and make a diving stop to keep the two goal lead.
FC Dallas returns to action next Friday, as they hit the road for the first time in 2015 when they take on the Philadelphia Union.