It definitely wasn't pretty huh?
SKC: Lawrence Olum (Benny Feilhaber) 43
SKC: Benny Feilhaber 45+2
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Atiba Harris (Carlos Gruezo 63), Victor Ulloa (Carlos Lizarazo 74), Kellyn Acosta, Fabian Castillo, Tesho Akindele, Maxi Urruti, Michael Barrios (Mauro Diaz 63).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Agustin Jara, Colin Bonner.
Sporting Kansas City – Tim Melia, Ike Opara, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Jimmy Medranda, Lawerence Olum, Benny Feilhaber, Roger Espinoza, Soni Mustivar (Kevin Ellis 46), Jacob Peterson (Chance Myers 84), Connor Hallisey, Dom Dwyer (Diego Rubio 76).
Substitutes Not Used: Diego Rubio, Seth Sinovic, Jordi Quintilla, Justin Mapp, Alec Kann.
SKC – Lawrence Olum (caution) 28
SKC – Dom Dwyer (caution) 76
SKC – Tim Melia (caution) 80
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
AR1 (bench): James Conlee; AR2 (opposite): Sean Hurd; 4th: Fotis Bazakos
Weather: Clear, 90
FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja
On refereeing of the game...
It impacted the game for sure. Today more than ever we want to step away from that. It is frustrating. Everyone saw it and I don't want to talk about it. But to take away from things that we actually could control, we did have a few options to score. We had the goal in front of us and created the best chances in the first half. I thought we dominated the game, but it wasn't enough. Kansas City put up a lot of numbers in behind. It was difficult to get those three points. We had a few options, but once again, it wasn't enough.
On how frustrating it may be to have good looks on goals with no results...
The most frustrating part I don't want to talk about. I can't talk a lot about this because I can't control that. When you are in front of the goal, you have to be able to put the game away. Especially when you are away and you created the options. It takes hard work. I think the boys did a good job at that part and put themselves in a good spot. It obviously frustrates us not to be able to score.
On losing despite out-shooting SKC 13 to 7...
It's frustrating, but that's the game. You have to put the ball in the back of the net. That's just what you have to do. We had to create a lot of chances and a lot of positive things. We did here in Kansas City and I thought the boys did an excellent job. To put themselves in those spots, we deserved much more. We just have to continue.
On how the heat conditions impacted on the game...
I was proud of the players giving us what we wanted despite the heat. In this extreme weather they did a very good job. They lasted more than 90 minutes fighting there. With my group, they looked very good on that end. We were worried about it, but I think our response was very good.
On refocusing the team at halftime to make sure things didn't go from bad to worse...
You can't imagine how much it takes to get the frustration out of the players in that moment. They need to continue and keep working. I thought they responded well. They stayed on in the second half by trying to find the options, but we found it more difficult. We found that Kansas City just put more people behind the ball and we couldn't find any gaps or windows. But we did put ourselves in a couple of options where we could have tied the game. We do have a lot of potential and did control the game a lot of the time. And once again, it did not bounce on our side, but we are going to continue. I am very proud of our performance. We came here against a very good team, in extreme weather, and performed very well.
On fan energy at Children's Mercy Park...
I always respect the crowd here really. It is one of those places where you can see that people have a good influence on the game. They really push the team. They should be proud. I told the team today that we are going to have to deal with an extra factor.
FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta
On overall team performance...
We had a few opportunities in the first half that we should have capitalized on. We had a couple mental lapses with the foul on the edge of the box and then we lost our mark. Then there was kind of a soft penalty that we could have avoided. Other than that, they didn't have any clear cut chances on goal. We're obviously disappointed in the result and I thought we could have put the game away early. We're gonna learn from the game, move forward and try to bounce back this upcoming weekend.
On refocusing after a frustrating first half...
We just have to tune it up. I thought the sun and the heat played a big factor and both teams were a little gassed by the second half. We had some opportunities that we could have capitalized on but that's just how the game is. Like I said, we're going to remove the tape, this upcoming week we'll touch up on a few things in practice and we can get the engine going and keep the team moving forward.