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FC Dallas stumbles in final home game of 2018 to Sporting Kansas City 3-0

FC Dallas now heads into Decision Day needing a win.

MLS: Sporting KC at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas will have to wait until Decision Day to figure out where they will be in the MLS Playoffs after falling 3-0 on Sunday to Sporting Kansas City.

The loss, along with LAFC’s result against Vancouver pushed FC Dallas down the standings into third place.

Johnny Russell scored two goals on the day for Sporting KC, while veteran Roger Espinoza picked up an insurance goal of his own in the second half to help push Sporting back into the top position in the Western Conference.

Both sides came out with a lot of energy and physical play as they each traded chances in the opening ten minutes.

In the 14th minute Sporting earned a penalty kick after Matt Hedges missed a clearance and caught Felipe Gutierrez’s foot. Johnny Russell stepped up to the spot and missed the penalty as Jesse Gonzalez made a diving save to his right to keep the game level.

Dallas nearly pulled ahead in the 34th minute on another counter attack. Barrios again snuck through the Sporting defense with a nifty touch on the ball to beat Seth Sinovic. He then dished the ball off to an open Dominic Badji, who was one-on-one with Tim Melia but his shot went just wide of the post.

Sporting found their first goal just before halftime as Daniel Salloi slotted home an attempt after Guiterrez’ shot was blocked by Gonzalez. Salloi picked up the ball at the penalty spot and found the back corner of the net.

Two minutes into the second half FC Dallas earned a penalty kick of their own as Matt Hedges was dragged down in the box by Graham Zusi. Reto Ziegler stepped up and missed the penalty as Melia saved the shot to his left.

SKC doubled their lead in the 63rd minute on a tap in from Roger Espinoza. Russell sent in a ball from the right side where Ike Opara headed it down to Espinoza who hammered it home past Gonzalez.

SKC picked up their second penalty of the game in the 87th minute as Marquinhos Pedros tackled Sallio on an open attempt on goal in the penalty box. Russel stepped up this time around and hammered home his second goal of the game.

Key stat: Dallas controlled the possession (55% in their favor) but the chances on goal were few and far between on the day.

Big moment: The penalty save by Melia swung the momentum heavily into SKC’s corner.

Up next: FC Dallas wraps up the 2018 season with a road trip to the Mile High City to battle the Colorado Rapids.