We are back at it with our end of the week predictions for today's (hopefully) match-up between FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City.
Looking back at Wednesday's match and updated rankings, the race is most certainly heating up between the writers. Cody earned himself two bonus points for being the only writer to predict a win for FC Dallas on the road while many earned a bonus point here and there for their predictions of an Akindele, Castillo, or Barrios goal.
As you can see, there is a close race for first with 1st and 5th being separated by only two points and many others in hot pursuit. A special shout out to Jason for taking one for the team and predicting a loss. He gets two bonus points for that very reason.
Scoring breakdown for the season will be implemented using the following:
1 for predicting the correct result
3 points bonus for predicting the exact score
3 point bonus (optional) for nailing the correct scorers for FC Dallas only.
Maximum available weekly points are 7 points.
|Andy Jaeger||Win||3||2||Early goals will be key once again as Urruti gets back on the scoreboard to score an early goal in the 9th minute. FC Dallas continues its aggressiveness and goes up 2-0 towards the end of the half on a set piece, Hollingshead gets his first goal of the season on a header. FC Dallas comes out flat to begin the second half and Dwyer gets a breakaway chance to make it 2-1. Zusi scores an equalizer in the 57th minute in a scrum in the box. Tesho comes up in the clutch yet again, scoring the game winner in the 85th minute and his fourth straight game.|
|Ben Lyon||Win||3||1||3 games winless at home? Nope. Hedges scores on a set piece early, and the game opens up like the sky. Urruti and Acosta stretch the lead to 3, but preoccupied by the weather, they give up a consolation goal in the 73rd as minds drift worrying about another long rain delay.|
|Cody Gamond||Win||2||1||SKC gets things started with an early goal, but Dallas responds in short order thanks to Castillo. 70th minute Urruti finds a winner for the hoops who don't bunker but instead look likely to get a third before the ref ends it.|
|Drew Epperley||Draw||1||1||Thanks to the quick turnaround for both clubs and the weather likely being nasty....this one screams draw for both sides. Urruti gets one early so folks can have Canes on Monday but SKC grabs one after halftime.|
|Jared Tilley||Win||2||1||The game starts slow and KC finds the first goal with Dwyer in the 20 minute. FCD gets one back after half halftime around the 50th minute from Tesho. 75 minute sloppy pass from KC and Urruti jumps the pass and scores.|
|Jason Poon||Loss||0||3||You know why I'm predicting this.|
|Mohammad Bushnaq||Win||2||1||Oh, rain delays, we love you so. FC Dallas seems to always find a way to pull it out after a prolonged delay where the lightning timer gets reset over and over again. Both teams trade a goal before the longest delay of the night.|
|Nathan Hill||Win||2||1||FC Dallas is tired but determined after the huge game in Portland. SKC is angry too and it looks to be a draw until a late PK settles it for the home team. Who takes the PK? None other than Mauro Diaz, who subs in as his theme music, Wild Thing, blasts through the stadium, slots the ball coolly home.|
|Phil Luetchford||Win||2||1||Keeping it short and sweet this week. Urruti and Castillo goals. Dwyer goal.|
|Ryan Scalon||Draw||0||0||Pareja and Vermes both rotate their rosters from the midweek game and find that their rotational players just aren't up to scratch yet. Seitz keeps a clean sheet and Dwyer hits the post in a slightly thrilling scoreless draw. No Cane's.|
|Scott Hiney||Win||2||0||I think inclement favors this team as fleet-footed Barrios and Castillo can speed up past defenders who have trouble getting footing. Castillo scores and Tesho Akindele comes on late to nab an insurance goal.|
|Taylor Hester||Win||2||1||No Gruezo will hurt FCD, but I think they have what it takes to pull away with all three points without Gruezo and Diaz. Dwyer gets SKC goal. Tesho and Barrios for FCD.|