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FC Dallas picks up first shutout of the season in 0-0 draw at Sporting KC

Oscar Pareja went a little reserve-heavy with his lineup on the night.

MLS: FC Dallas at Sporting KC Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas has struggled to pick up points over the years in Kansas City but on Saturday night they managed to escape Children’s Mercy Park with a 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City.

The draw was the first shutout of the season for Oscar Pareja’s club, who also debuted two rookies on the night in Paxton Pomykal and Jacroi Hayes.

Pomykal became the youngest player in club history to start for the club. At just 17 years and 84 days old, Pomykal moved in front of Alejandro Zendejas and Eddie Johnson (both 17 years and 126 days) to claim the franchise record for youngest player ever to start a match.

The young Homegrown was a big part of the Dallas attack on the night as he took many of the club’s set pieces. In the 25th minute Pomykal found Cristian Colman streaking down the right side of the field. Colman sent in a cross into the box where Tesho Akindele was there to meet the ball but his attempt on goal range off the woodwork.

Sporting nearly found the back of the net moments later in the 32nd minute. Gerso Fernandes found the ball in the box after a failed bicycle-kick by Dom Dwyer. Fernandes put in an attempt on goal that forced Homegrown keeper Jesse Gonzalez to come up with a big save.

Dallas had another good chance with Pomykal in the second half as he drew a dangerous free kick outside the penalty box. Fellow Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta took the free kick and forced Tim Melia to make a big save near the top corner of the goal.

Gonzalez was called upon again numerous times late in the game as Sporting was pressing for a game-winner. He made a big stop in the final seconds of the game on a free kick to keep the score level and preserve the shutout.

FC Dallas returns to action next week as they host Liga MX side Pachuca on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Champions League before hosting the New England Revolution in their regular season open homer on Saturday.