This is a big one for FC Dallas tomorrow night as they head to Kansas to battle Sporting Kanas City for the third and final meeting of the regular season. The two sides have split the season series this year with the last two games (including the USOC match) in KC being total blowouts in favor of Sporting.
SKC will likely make a couple changes from their roster that lost in Orlando over the weekend.
GK: Jon Kempin; LB: Saad Abdul-Salaam; CB: Matt Besler, Kevin Ellis; RB: Seth Sinovic; DM: Soni Mustivar; CM: Graham Zusi, Benny Feilhaber; LW: Krististan Nemeth; RW: Jacob Peterson; FW: Dom Dwyer
Matt Hedges vs. Dom Dwyer - This game may be won or lost in the midfield but for FCD to have success against this Sporting attack, it will also come down to slowing Dwyer. Hedges and Zach Loyd will have their work cut out for them in this one as Dwyer is a shifty forward that runs the channels well.
Keys to Three Points
Press early. Sporting is a team that loves to pressure up the field with pace. Dallas may have to absorb a lot of pressure in this one at times but if they can get out to an early lead in this one, they should be able to handle the pressure. A goal scored first is huge for Dallas (13-1-2 this season when scoring first), and even bigger considering they're on the road. Sporting has given up eight goals this season in the first 15 minutes of the match, the most of any 15 minute stretch.
Defend the full 90. Did I mention that Sporting loves to pressure with pace? This is going to be a game that Dallas has to defend with good numbers for the full match. Along with the defending will be limiting the number of fouls in the Sporting attacking third. SKC is good at set pieces and does well at causing havoc with their free kicks. Limiting their number of corner kicks and free kicks around the box will go a long way in escaping with points.
Limit Zusi and Feilhaber. This one will be easier said than done but limiting their passing lanes will go far in this one. Feilhaber has 13 assists on the year and is always looking for the next pass. If Victor Ulloa, Michel, Kellyn Acosta, or whomever is in the midfield can clog the passing lanes out of these two, it will limit what SKC is able to do up top with Dwyer.