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FC Dallas vs Sporting KC: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from a wild 2-2 draw.

FC Dallas' home unbeaten run continues this season as they picked up a 2-2 draw last night with Sporting Kansas City.

Scoring Summary:
DAL: Tesho (Atiba Harris, Carlos Gruezo) 66
SKC: Dom Dwyer (Brad Davis) 68
SKC: Dom Dwyer 73
DAL: Maxi Urruti 76

FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Atiba Harris, Victor Ulloa (Kellyn Acosta 56), Carlos Gruezo (Ryan Hollingshead 75), Getterson (Tesho 61), Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios, Maxi Urruti.

Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Herman, Mauro Rosales, Aubrey David, Norberto Paparatto.

Sporting Kansas City – Alec Kann, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Ike Opara (Kevin Ellis 35), Lawernce Olum, Jimmy Medranda, Nuno Andre Coelho (Paulo Nagamura 85), Emmanuel Appiah, Benny Feilhaber, Jacob Peterson (Brad Davis), Graham Zusi, Dom Dwyer.

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Kempin, Kevin Ellis, Seth Sinovic, Connor Hallisey, Diego Rubio.

Misconduct Summary: 
DAL: Matt Hedges (caution) 22
DAL: Atiba Harris (caution) 83
SKC: Saad Abdul-Salaam (caution) 86
SKC: Jimmy Medranda (caution) 88

Referee: Armando Villarreal. 
AR1 (bench): Corey Parker; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Nelson; 4th: Mark Kadlecik
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 91

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

Overall thoughts on the game…

Another good one. I want to highlight the work these guys put in tonight after such a busy week and such a long game in Los Angeles. The team kept pushing the game, playing with heart. For me, that means much more than anything. We keep looking for points and tonight was not what we wanted. We only got one point at home, but we just keep on rolling. Tonight was a good demonstration of good soccer and intensity against a good team, a conference rival. In the first half we found a lot of common things between the two teams: good passing sequences, good players tried to make key plays and both being in front of the goal. We had a few chances that could have been a change in the game.

In the second half we came on strong, but unfortunately we lost concentration in the next 10 minutes after we scored the first goal. I'm going to say it tonight; I'm not going to blame these guys. It has been an exhausting week, but I want to keep highlighting the way they came back to the game because they were *this* close to winning it. For me, it's another sweet night with just one point.

On Maxi Urruit…

Maxi's role, obviously, is to score goals and Maxi is doing that. Maxi brings much more than that - it's the hard work that he brings into the field that he transmits to the other players. Plus - he scores goals. For me it was a very complete performance by a guy who is gelling with the team every time more and more. He's gaining the confidence to be that guy.

On Keeping the Same Lineup after game against LA Galaxy

Because we can do it. We have the fitness, the energy, and we have the spirit to be part of this game. We have another week to prepare the next one, which is going to be three games away, but I wanted to give them rhythm and keep playing with the players that have been taking care of the results. Today was important and we wanted to keep the rhythm of the team.

On Success at Home

I don't pay attention much to the statistics, but when I look at the job they have been doing at home, and seeing how they respond to our fans, and the respect that these guys have for the franchise and for the club to want it to be our home, not as a cliché, but a reality, is amazing. We are very proud to have our city, our community and the support that we get from our fans."

FC Dallas midfielder Tesho Akindele

On the back-and-forth nature of the match…

When we scored the first goal, we got scored on right away. I said to [Saad] Abdul-Salaam, ‘it sucks for that to happen.’ Then, we did the same thing to them. It was pretty crazy. Honestly though, we had so many chances. We have to be disappointed that we didn’t win at the end of the day. 

On playing on short rest following Wednesday’s big win….

For the guys who have been starting the games, hats off to them. They’ve been doing a tremendous job at recovering well and taking care of themselves. Off the bench, I am just trying to make a difference and provide some relief for those guys.

On not losing a match at home in 12 months at Toyota Stadium…

Fortress Frisco, like they’ve been saying. Every team comes here, and they’re afraid. They’re afraid to be here. You can see how they sit back a little bit more. We’re going to continue winning here. We just have a good mindset when we’re at home.

FC Dallas forward Maxi Urruti

Talk about seeing four goals in 11 minutes, how is that kind of game as a player?

It was a hard game. We got a little disorganized, and they formed two great counter attacks. Luckily we were able to tie, but tonight we are all going home knowing we could have won and didn’t. But we secured a point tonight.

FC Dallas midfielder Carlos Gruezo

What is there in this team that almost obligates you all to recover and keep playing well?

What’s helped is that this is truly a team. Many of us are great friends. We have a great coaching staff who have our backs. That’s extremely important. It’s why we can come back from [being a goal down].