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FC Dallas vs Sporting KC: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from the ugly 4-0 loss.

This one wasn't pretty and really the highlights aren't worth diving into unless you are like us here at Big D Soccer and you want to figure out how bad this one was.

Scoring Summary:
SKC - Krisztian Németh (Kevin Ellis, Graham Zusi) 19
SKC - Benny Feilhaber (Krisztian Németh, Jalil Anibaba) 51
SKC - Kevin Ellis (Graham Zusi) 57
SKC - Graham Zusi (Connor Hallisey) 64

FC Dallas – Dan Kennedy, Zach Loyd, Moises Hernandez, Matt Hedges, Je-Vaughn Watson, Mauro Diaz (Michel 72), Tesho Akindele (David Texeira 74), Victor Ulloa, Kyle Bekker, Ryan Hollingshead, Blas Perez (Rolando Escobar 45).

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Atiba Harris, Walker Zimmerman, Michael Barrios.

Total Shots: 5 (Kyle Bekker 2) Shots on Goal: 1 (Tesho Akindele 1); Fouls: 14 (Zach Loyd 4); Offsides: 2 (Moises Hernandez 2); Corners: 3 (Mauro Diaz 2) Saves: 2 (Dan Kennedy 2).

Sporting Kansas CityTim Melia, Jalil Anibaba, Amadou Dia, Kevin Ellis, Matt Besler, Roger Espinoza (Servando Carrasco 71), Benny Feilhaber, Soni Mustivar, Graham Zusi (Saad Abdul-Salaam 83), Connor Hallisey (Marcel de Jong 65), Krisztian Németh.

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Kempin, Jimmy Medranda, James Rogers.

Total Shots: 12 (Benny Feilhaber 5) Shots on Goal: 6 (Six players with 1); Fouls: 11 (Benny Feilhaber, Soni Mustivar 3); Offsides: 4 (Graham Zusi 2); Corners: 5 (Graham Zusi 5); Saves: 1 (Tim Melia 1).

Misconduct Summary:
DAL - Zach Loyd (caution) 33
DAL - Zach Loyd (ejection - second caution) 43

Referee: David Gantar
Referee’s Assistants: George Gansner, Danny Thornberry
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
Weather: Cloudy
Attendance: 20, 127
Time of game: 1:49

FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja

On FC Dallas's 4-0 defeat to Sporting KC...
The game became a lot more difficult [after Zach Loyd's red card]. We didn't play well defensively, and I thought we made a lot of mistakes. We take responsibility for that and we move on. Kansas City was obviously better than us tonight.

On Sporting KC's performance at home...
Kansas City is an intense team. When we faced them at home we experienced that. So we know what we face when we come here. In part of the first half, we matched their intensity well until we got the red card. And then the concentration defensively just went downwards. We gave away a lot of options that we don’t normally do, but we have to be mature. Games like this are difficult to swallow. As the leader of this group, I take the responsibility and we move on.

On the key to bouncing back with three straight road games still to play...
We need more. We have had good stages where we are winning games and we have had stages where we aren’t getting results. That’s how it goes; it happens. It’s a long journey, we say it all the time. We have to keep the calm. We have a good team and a good group, and we will stick to our plan. Today unfortunately we didn’t play well at all. We had to play with 10 [men] again which is something we’re trying to correct. All those things will be analyzed. But we are sticking to the plan. We believe in these guys.

On the competitiveness of MLS...
This league is very competitive. Both conferences are tough, and obviously the Western Conference became [tougher] this year. That’s the beauty of our league. I think the competitiveness in every game shows.

FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges

On FC Dallas's 4-0 defeat to Sporting KC...
We just didn’t have a good game tonight. I personally had a really poor game, and we gave up four goals. That’s unacceptable. Kansas City moved the ball well. They moved off the ball well. It’s tough playing with 10 men when you’ve got an extra guy attacking you.

On the key to bouncing back with three straight road games still to play...
We need more energy and more intensity. We need to get a result. When this kind of thing is happening, you just need to bounce back and get a win. We got out to a good start this season, lost 4-0 at home [to Colorado] and then we had a good string of performances. So we know we can bounce back.

On FC Dallas's position in the standings...
We’re still in second place [in the West], so we’re definitely not in panic mode. But it’s another bad performance from us—two games in a row. We need to find an answer.

FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead

On FC Dallas's 4-0 defeat to Sporting KC...
It’s always tough going down to 10 men. It takes a lot out of us, but we should have performed better and we should have been more organized in the back. We’re still in good position [in the standings], but at least two of their goals in the second half looked preventable. No matter how many men you have on the field, you have to be disciplined and more organized. We’re not happy with it.

We just came out slow. We turned the ball over in midfield a couple times, which hurt us. If you asked anybody on our team, we’d take our chances against them nine out of 10 times. We’re obviously not happy about today.

On the key to bouncing back with three straight road games still to play...
Next game is at San Jose, and we have a good history playing in San Jose. I think we feel confident going there. But even looking past the away trip, we feel like we can beat anyone at any time at any stadium. We just need to put some things together and work on our organization because anywhere we’re playing, we shouldn’t get scored on four times. That’s happened twice to us this year, so we have to sort that out. We’re not afraid of playing people on the road, so we’re looking forward to San Jose.

On FC Dallas's confidence level moving forward...
We know we still have the pieces we need to win every game we play in. We definitely have to focus on where we are at [in the standings] and not get down on losing one or two games in a row. We’re going to think back through about what got us there and go back to doing what we were doing. We’re confident—the season’s so long and we have a lot of conference games to turn it around.