Daniel Salloi scored two goals, including one long-range shot early in the first half to help push the visitors in their quest to be the top club in the Western Conference.
FC Dallas played down a man for most of the second half when Bryan Acosta was issued a red card in the 52nd minute as he tripped up Khiry Shelton in a DOGSO situation. Minutes later Johnny Russell put the visitors up by two off a penalty kick goal.
Salloi netted his second of the night five minutes later to put the game out of reach as he beat Jimmy Maurer again with another tough shot that the keeper couldn’t get a hand on.
The lone bright spot on the night was a goal in the 68th minute from Homegrown forward Ricardo Pepi. The El Paso, TX native scored his 13th of the season on a counterattack that was set up by Ryan Hollingshead. Pepi got in behind the Sporting defense and easily tucked away his shot past Tim Melia.
Instant Reaction: While FC Dallas isn’t technically eliminated from playoff contention, after this one it sure feels that way. We all thought interim manager Marco Ferruzzi’s lineup choice was a bold one as he opted for a more defensive look with a 3-4-1-2 formation (the lineup card read a little differently but Steve Davis clarified it in pregame). Being that defensive from the start and giving up a goal from outside of the penalty box put things out of reach kind of quickly on the night. For so much of this season, it has felt like we’ve been on repeat with our comments and questions with this team and that hasn’t changed yet under Ferruzzi. It did feel intriguing that with every young player that came off the bench, the team got a little more of a spark in them in the second half. Just something to watch as this season wraps up. Maybe, just maybe Ferruzzi will be bold enough to trot out a mostly HGP-type lineup at some point.
Man of the match: If it helps drive up the asking price for his transfer fee this winter, then give it to Pepi.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The guys stay at home at least for their next one on Saturday night as they host Minnesota United.