Look out Western conference, Sporting Kansas City are making a statement.
Sporting Kansas City dominated the entire night with 12 shots and only allowing 5 shots, and that was all they needed to pick up the three points from a 10 man visiting FC Dallas. Goals from Krizstian Nemeth, Benny Feilhaber, Kevin Ellis and Graham Zusi were exclamation points on the night.
Feilhaber started Sporting’s chances in the 2nd minute, when a Graham Zusi corner from the right side was headed down by Jalil Aniababa and blasted over the bar by Feilhaber on the volley.
Feilhaber tried again the 17th minute with a longshot but it the shot was over the bar once again. Feilhaber almost got Sporting on the board when he rooted Hedges into the ground, but Feilhaber dragged his shot just wide of frame.
It was Nemeth got the scoring started while Dallas still had all 11 men. It came off of Sporting Kansas City’s fourth set-piece in the first 20 minutes, when Zusi lifted a ball into the box. The USMNT member’s ball was headed by a flopping Kevin Ellis, straight into the path of Nemeth who out jumped Matt Hedges and headed it in from close range.
Nemeth kept up the pressure and had another shot in the 40th minute when he used a world class turn to get around Hedges, who was having a rough night in defense. Nemeth dragged his shot just wide from slightly inside the top of the box.
It was Hedge’s centerback partner, however who would have the worse night in defense, as Zach Loyd was sent off for a second yellow in his 150th appearance for FC Dallas in the 43rd minute. It is FC Dallas’ third red card of the season.
Dallas looked lost in both attack and defense. Their best chance of the first half for Dallas came in the 29th minute when Jamaican international Je-Vaughn Watson showed great pace and dribbling to beat Amadou Dia, but the Jamaican’s ground cross was just ahead of a sliding Blas Perez who arrived in the box a split-second too late. Dallas would muster only 1 shot in the first half, compared to Sporting’s 7 shots in the half.
Feilhaber finally got his goal in the 51st minute, but it was Nemeth who made the play happen. The Hungarian international made an amazing spin move on Hedges to beat the Dallas captain, and easily laid it off to Feilhaber who applied the finish for 2-0.
Zusi played a part in both of the nail in the coffin goals. In the 57th minute, Zusi’s corner was knocked in by Kevin Ellis’ head for 3-0. Then, in the 65th minute, making his first MLS start, Connor Hallisey played a great backheel that Zusi finished neatly for 4-0. Zusi, Ellis and Nemeth all had a goal and an assist on the night.
Dallas could never find an answer, and they would end up being dismantled on the night. Dallas head to San Jose next Sunday, and Sporting Kansas City play hosts again next Saturday to the Western Conference leaders, Seattle Sounders.