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FC Dallas vs Sporting Kansas City: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from FCD's loss in KC.

Another trip to Kansas, and another loss for FC Dallas. Here is how this one went down.

Scoring Summary:
SKC – Benny Feilhaber 65
SKC – Benny Feilhaber (PK) 76
DAL – Victor Ulloa (Fabian Castillo) 80
SKC – Dom Dwyer (Paulo Nagamura) 83

FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Zach Loyd (Blas Perez 71), Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Victor Ulloa, Ezequiel Cirigliano (Tesho Akindele 64), Je-Vaughn Watson, Michel, Atiba Harris, Michael Barrios, David Texeira (Fabian Castillo 46).

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Rolando Escobar, Ryan Hollingshead, Moises Hernandez.

Total Shots: 8 (Victor Ulloa 2) Shots on Goal: 4 (Victor Ulloa 2); Fouls: 12 (Ezequiel Cirigliano 2); Offsides: 0; Corners: 3 (Michel 3) Saves: 6 (Jesse Gonzalez 6).

Sporting Kansas CityJon Kempin, Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Kevin Ellis, Chance Myers (Saad Abdul-Salaam 70), Soni Mustivar, Benny Feilhaber, Paulo Nagamura (Jalil Anibaba 90+1), Graham Zusi, Krisztian Nemeth (Bernardo Anor 82), Dom Dwyer.

Substitutes Not Used: Tim Melia, Jordi Quintilla, Marcel de Jong, Jacob Peterson.

Total Shots: 18 (Dom Dwyer 4) Shots on Goal: 9 (Benny Feilhaber 3); Fouls: 7 (Kevin Ellis 2); Offsides: 2; Corners: 6; Saves: 3 (Jon Kempin 3).
Misconduct Summary: SKC – Bernardo Anor (caution) 86

Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee’s Assistants: Paul Scott, Jonathan Johnson
Fourth Official: Hilario Grajeda
Weather: Rain, 70 degrees

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

On FC Dallas' 3-1 defeat…

We pushed all the way to 90-plus minutes. I thought we could contain it. We had a game plan where we wanted to neutralize them and attack and it went well. We had a couple plays where we couldn’t do what we wanted, but at the end they found the goal off a set play and that made the difference. I thought they played better than us in the second half and I want to congratulate them on that. They got the points and, especially in the second half, they deserved it.

On goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez’s performance…

I’m proud of him. He made a few saves that showed how he is growing. His performance today proved one more time that he deserved to be the goalkeeper in the team.

On containing Sporting KC…

I thought for most of the time we could neutralize them. I thought we had a game plan where they couldn’t have ideas in the first half. I thought we controlled the half and I was pleased with it, but in the second half after the goal it was a difference story. Kansas City pushed the game wider. The spaces for us were wider because we were putting more people up top and then we gave a couple opportunities to a team that is good.

On planning for Sporting KC’s balanced attack…

I think they have good power in those players and they are very good. Those guys are players that are scoring during the season and that’s why we presented a plan at the beginning to clog the middle and keep the ball from them.

FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman

On FC Dallas' 3-1 defeat…

I think we came in with a really good game plan to stay organized. We knew we had to watch this team on set pieces. It’s something they are very good at. It’s something that we trained for and it’s frustrating to give up goals off something that we trained for.

On going against Dom Dwyer…

He’s a really physical player. It’s fun because he brings that competition out in you. He’s a very physical forward who uses his body very well. It’s a good challenge and a good test and it’s always fun to play against other top competitors.

On goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez’s performance…

We trust Jesse [Gonzalez] back there. He has a big body and can cover a lot of ground. He kept us in the game early with [Chance Myer’s] header in the first half and then [Graham] Zusi’s chance in the second half. He kept us in there and we wish we could have kept a clean sheet and avoided giving up some dumb set pieces.