Winners of three straight, FC Dallas heads to Kansas City as a different team this time around, looking to rewrite the headlines.
Dallas has faced Sporting KC twice this year on the road, both resulting in losses. Once in MLS play by a score of 4-0, and another in the U.S. Open Cup by a score of 6-2.
Kansas City had not lost in five games before beating Dallas in MLS. At that point in the season, FCD was winless in five straight.
However, this time around, the two teams are trending in opposite directions yet again. Sporting KC is winless in their last five games and Oscar Pareja’s men have won three straight.
"It’s a new game," Dallas head coach Pareja said. "It’s a new history to be written. We want to change the history this time. The game always gives you this opportunity."
It truly will be a completely different game. FC Dallas is arguably playing the best defense all season, as apposed to probably playing the worst defense all season against Sporting in May.
"We need to be tighter," captain Matt Hedges said of defending Sporting KC’s high-powered attack. "Last time we gave them too much space. We weren’t intense enough. We got smacked around. I think we’ll be ready."
"We’re going to think about getting a result," Hedges said when asked if the team is looking for redemption. "We’re not thinking about what happened last time."
Only seven games remain in the regular season and every point is crucial at this stage.
"We’re always working to get three, but any result is good for us in the race for the Supporters’ Shield," Hedges said. "One or three points is what we’re looking for. It’s what we need."