The last time Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas met prior to Saturday; Dallas stole three points with a frustrating win in Kansas City. While Sporting KC will deny they came for revenge, it was a sweet victory on the road in Dallas as SKC took a 2-0 victory.
Those three points they earned put SKC back on top of the Western Conference, jumping back over the LA Galaxy after they won earlier in the day. Sporting KC improved their record to 11W-4L-4D and 37 points, two points over LA.
Kansas City did not take long to get a lead, it was just the 12th minute when Gadi Kinda slid a ball forward to Alan Pulido in the box. The Mexico star one timed the ball past Dallas keeper Jimmy Maurer in a tight angle for his eighth goal of the season.
FC Dallas had a few opportunities, getting shots past Tim Melia but only hitting the crossbar and post but not the back of the net.
MLS All-Star Daniel Salloi made Dallas pay for not taking advantage of their opportunities in the 63rd minute. After Johnny Russell sliced a low ball into him, Salloi had to touch the ball through a defenders legs before hammering the ball onto the net.
“I thought from the opening whistle all the way to the very end - and I’m blown away by 10 minutes of extra time - we managed the game as a team in a good way. I’m proud of the guys. They played. They were good with the ball. Two great goals. Defended and fought for everything. Sacrificed bodies to block stuff and didn’t give up. I’m very, very happy with the guys and happy for them and proud of them because I know that they want it. They’re fighting for it. Obviously, there’s a lot of good teams in this league and we’re just trying to compete with them. I appreciate the effort of the guys. I appreciate the mentality. It was big time,” SKC manager Peter Vermes told media post game.
Sporting KC continues their good run of form on the road with four wins and a draw in their last five.
“A good mentality and I think we can compete. Everybody talks about the teams that are better than us. We’re just trying to get close to them and trying to compete with them. That’s what we’re trying to do and we’ve got to keep getting better and keep working. That’s what we’ve got to do,” Vermes explained their road form.