Dominque Badji and Jesus Ferreira scored the goals along the way while the defense picked up the shutout and their second straight win at Children’s Mercy Park. Dallas held Sporting to zero shots on goal until the final minutes of the match where got two.
Dallas picked up on some defensive miscues by Sporting and in the 37th minute it paid off as Michael Barrios collected the ball after Seth Sinovic and Gianluca Busio failed to connect on a pass in their defensive third. Barrios then found Badji from 12 yards out and the striker finished off his sixth goal of the season.
Luchi Gonzalez’s young squad doubled the lead in the 57th minute on another miscue in the back from Sporting. Ferreira collected the ball outside the penalty box and beat both SKC center backs Matt Besler and Botond Barath before slotting home his sixth goal of the season past Tim Melia.
Sporting’s late rush in the attack forced Jesse Gonzalez to come up big as he made a couple key stops on Johnny Russell and Krisztian Nemeth.
Instant reaction: After the disappointment in Minnesota last weekend, this was the perfect response by Gonzalez and company to pick up the three points in an environment that is normally very difficult for them. Also, Ferreira in the 10 role with Paxton Pomykal sitting this one out with an injury worked out pretty nicely. There must be something in his blood to play that role.
Man of the Match: It is hard not to consider Ferreira or Badji for their offensive efforts or anyone in the backline for pitching the shutout. But the way Bryan Acosta and Brandon Servania are playing together in the midfield is something to take notice of here.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The guys return home next weekend to host another Western Conference rival in Real Salt Lake.