By Clay Massey
KANSAS CITY, Kansas – The Defending MLS Champions and the young gun FC Dallas squared in the second game of the season, and played out a 1-1 draw due to late drama. Dallas got their goal from one shot on target, while Chris Seitz tried to keep eight shots out of his net keeping all but one out. Sporting came out in a 4-3-3 with the Englishmen Dom Dwyer up-top, and FC Dallas came out in a 4-2-3-1 with the Panamanian Blas Perez up-top.
Missed chances, good defending and sloppy, then standout goalkeeping was the story of the first half for both sides. Dom Dwyer almost chipped Chirs Seitz on a long ball forward from Aurelin Colin, but C.J. Sapong’s shot was cleared off the line by Matt Hedges. FC Dallas sprang from the counter attack on multiple occasions, but nothing ever came of it. Blas Perez blasted a shot just wide of the Sporting net at the end of the first half.
Sporting KC opened the scoring in the 81’ minute when a Benny Feilhaber corner was domed home by Colin straight to the bottom right corner to make it 1-0. In the 90’ minute Sporting conceded a FC Dallas free-kick about seven yards outside their box. The Brazilian dead ball specialist Michel served in a delicious ball which Matt Hedges got his head on far post and left Eric Krongberg at full stretch but helpless. Hedges made it 1-1 with one of the chances of the game. Three minutes into second half stoppage time, a quick restart on a free kick let sub, Alex Martinez in behind the FC Dallas backline. A shot surely going in was cleared off the line by Matt Hedges keeping the match level.
The equalizer let the match end at 1-1, and Sporting’s bane of existence, late goals, keep them winless after two weeks. A good performance by both sides where good counter attacks by Sporting KC, were matched with the outstanding play of the FC Dallas defense. Dallas play host to Chivas USA next, and Sporting KC host the San Jose Earthquakes next.