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FC Dallas ends unbeaten run with a 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City

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Well, the unbeaten run was fun while it lasted. Right?

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Two defensive miscues will come back to haunt FC Dallas as they lost 2-0 to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night in Frisco.

The loss ended a pair of unbeaten runs for FC Dallas, their long home unbeaten record of 18 games, and their more recent five-game unbeaten streak.

Sporting got on the board first in the 11th minute as Alan Pulido found space behind the Dallas defense thanks to a pass from Gadi Kinda. Pulido tucked a shot inside the far post past Jimmy Maurer for his eighth goal of the season.

Szabolcs Schon nearly helped set up the tying goal in the 53rd minute as he dribbled into the penalty box before hitting a shot that got deflected to the feet of Ricardo Pepi. The Dallas Homegrown opted to take a touch around Sporting keeper Tim Melia before firing a shot that rattled off the post.

Minutes later in the 58th minute, Dallas had another golden chance to tie the game as Paxton Pomykal found the ball in the middle of the penalty box. He took a dribble around Melia before getting tripped up. Schon took the loose ball and hit a shot that hit off the crossbar and seemingly crossed the goal line. The center official decided not to go to video review despite the many pleases from the FC Dallas players.

After that momentum for Dallas, Sporting doubled their lead as Daniel Salloi picked off a bad ball in the center of the Dallas penalty box before hammering a shot to the upper corner of the goal.

Instant Reaction: There were several chances in the first half that FC Dallas will want back. Sure, they hit every single post in the south end to start the second half but there were plenty of moments in this one that Schon, Ryan Hollingshead, Ricardo Pepi, and others will want back in this one. The momentum was certainly there for FC Dallas to take ahold of this game but once again we saw some mental mistakes in the defense slip in and SKC pounced on them as any good team would.

Man of the match: The post? Yeah, that may actually be SKC’s man of the match.

What’s next for FC Dallas: It is another quick turnaround here as the club remains at home to close out a three-game homestand as they host the Seattle Sounders.