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What to watch for against Sporting Kansas City as top defenses square off

I hope you hate goals.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-FC Dallas at Sporting KC Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In order to end a three-game winless run, FC Dallas has to go to the one place no FCD fan wants to see right now, and that is Sporting Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Park.

Firing Blanks

FC Dallas went scoreless last week for the second time in three games. This struggle to create goals is new for Dallas, who were only held scoreless four times in their first 19 games. Sporting Kansas City were blanked last week as well for their ninth time this season.

Top Defenses

Sporting KC have conceded a league best 19 goals, FC Dallas are third in the ranking with 26 (seven of those coming from the last three games). If you liked last week’s 0-0 draw, then you’ll love this week’s match up. Ike Opara and Matt Besler against Walker Zimmerman and Matt Hedges should be a treat for anyone that hates goals and loves defense.

Bad Blood

Things don’t look good for Dallas in their current run of form and going to Children’s Mercy Park and getting a win is next to impossible. A tie against SKC in KC would be a great result, but no one should be optimistic of that happening. The real reason to tune in to the game this week is to feed a burning hate for Sporting Kansas City. They embarrassed Dallas 3-0 in the US Open Cup. That game had three red cards, disallowed goals, and plenty of frustrating moments for both fans. This is a growing rivalry, and a Dallas upset to keep the shield out of the hands of SKC could add more fuel to the fire.