Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas were on the opposite sides of the coin than they are in most seasons. Dallas needed to win to ensure a spot in post-season while Sporting KC was already eliminated and did not have much to play for but pride.
Pride and showing that they were unwilling to give up without a fight.
Manager Peter Vermes had his hand forced to make some changes to the lineup with Ilie Sanchez and Roger Espinoza out with red card suspensions. Matt Besler returned to his normal center back spot and homegrown rookie Felipe Hernandez filled in for his fellow midfielder.
Jaylin Lindsey earned his first start of the year for Sporting KC at right back. Lindsey had looked good last season but suffered a knee injury early in the year has made a few starts with the Swope Park Rangers.
Another change from the normal starters was Eric Dick was inserted in goal and Tim Melia was on the bench.
Sporting KC started on the front foot but two early goals in the first half seemed to set the story line by the 12th minute.
Vermes was looking for his team to get back in the game in the second half but goals by FC Dallas in the 51st and 54th made sure that any thoughts of a comeback to salvage some pride were long gone.
Another pair of goals to make it 6-0 did nothing but pad some stats for FC Dallas players because the game was already long out of reach of Sporting KC.
One year after #SportingKC set a club record for goals scored, they’ve now tied a record for most goals conceded— Mike (@downthebyline) October 6, 2019
It did not take long.