FC Dallas travel to Sporting Park to face a familiar Western Conference foe for the third and final time this season in MLS play, Sporting Kansas City. Each team has a win in the two regular season matches so far.
The two clubs last met in U.S. Open Cup play, a match that Sporting absolutely dominated Dallas in with a 6-2 win. Dom Dwyer scored four goals. Dwyer looked as if he was going to be unavailable for this match against FC Dallas after receiving a red card last weekend against Orlando City SC, but his red card was rescinded after Sporting appealed it to the MLS disciplinary committee.
Dwyer picked up that red card in a match that his team lost 3-1. Krisztian Nemeth scored the only goal for Sporting. The loss just about ended Sporting’s chance to win the Supporters Shield.
Dallas picked up a huge win in their last match, defeating New York City FC by the score of 2-1. Tesho Akindele and Michel both scored. Michel will likely feature in the line-up once again after his effective passing display and Olimpico goal.
It is no secret as to how Sporting Kansas City like to play, especially in front of their hometown support. They are physical, they are in your face and hold a high line. That is something FC Dallas especially can take advantage of with Michael Barrios and Fabian Castillo.
Barrios showed he is very effective in the open field against the Columbus Crew. His flick, and run right in between two Columbus defenders could be very effective against a team that sits forward like Kansas City does. His Colombian counter-part on the left wing side of the field could do more of the same.
After a quiet second half against NYCFC, Castillo will be looking to bounce back against Sporting Kansas City. Castillo will be looking to use his ability to cut-in across the top of the box, and if he is effective in doing so, could create some quick cutting passes for Dallas in the box.
If the attack goes as planned, it will be up to the defense to hold a lead, something they have been great at over the past three matches. The FC Dallas defense has been near impenetrable in the past three weeks, only allowing one goal, which was a penalty. If the defense can match Sporting’s attackers with physical play, the defense should very well be able to hold a clean sheet.