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FC Dallas earns hard fought 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City

Injuries plagued FC Dallas in this one as three players left the game including keeper Jimmy Maurer.

MLS: FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas picked up another draw on Wednesday night, this time in a 1-1 battle with rivals Sporting Kansas City. Franco Jara scored his first goal in a Dallas uniform while Khiry Shelton scored the game-tying goal before halftime.

Jara had been looking for his first goal since the league restarted the 2020 season back in early August. This time he took advantage of a defensive mistake in the back from Sporting as Bryan Acosta scooped up a bad pass and then laid it off to Jara who chipped it over Tim Melia for the game’s first game.

Sporting put a ton of pressure on the Dallas back line as starting keeper Jimmy Maurer had to leave before halftime with an injury. Kyle Zobeck came on in his place and did well but not before Sporting found their equalizer from Shelton after he and Felipe Hernandez and Gerso Ferandes combined for a solid set of passes to beat the Dallas defense.

Instant Reaction: This was certainly a game of ups and downs for both sides. Dallas getting the early goal from Jara was great but once Acosta went out with an injury early on, the tide began to turn. Then Maurer and then later on Brandon Servania. All of that accounted for a pretty rough night for Luchi Gonzalez and company. Still, to get a result on the road in a place like KC without Reggie Cannon, Paxton Pomykal and now some of the others that were mentioned is pretty impressive.

The other unfortunate note of the night was that you could tell Gonzalez hoped to get Andres Ricaurte his first minutes of the season since he was on the bench after just a couple of days in training with the club. I’d imagine next Wednesday in Minnesota will be the first time we see him now.

Man of the Match: I want to give it to Jara for the goal but time after time in the second half it was Bressan who laid his body on the line for the team and helped preserve the draw.

What’s next for FC Dallas: For the first time since this restart, there won’t be a weekend game to watch as FC Dallas gets some time to breath here before heading to Minnesota next Wednesday night.