FC Dallas impressive in win over Sporting KC

Published Sunday, March 15, 2015 4:04 AM by Patrick Nuss
FC Dallas impressive in win over Sporting KC

FC Dallas rolled to an impressive 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night at Toyota Park in Frisco.  Last week's last gasp win over San Jose was less than stellar, but tonight's effort was simply wonderful.  A very nice win over a quality opponent that should go far in bolstering the squad's confidence heading into a tricky trip up to face the Philadelphia Unio on Friday.

The offense was in full display as Oscar Pareja had his boys flying. Fabian Castillo played wider than last weekend and it paid major dividends as he was simply unstoppable.  Blas Perez finished like he the veteran central striker that he is and FC Dallas jumped out to the early lead.  Fabian Castillo jumped on a loose ball before sliding to Tesho Akindele who had made a central run from his right winger position.  Akindele spun at the top of the box and laid a perfect ball square for Blas Perez to slide home.  Nice link up play on the goal.

FCD were attacking in waves and it looked like it was just a matter of how many, but then they took their foot off the gas towards the end of the first half.  The Wizards got on the attack and within minutes had the match all tied up heading into halftime as Roger Espinoza found the net with only a minute to play.

Pareja would rally the troops at the break and it would be all FC Dallas after the restart.  The home side regained the lead in the 52nd minute as Michel found Blas Perez all alone at the back post.  Blas brought the ball down off his chest and blasted past the helpless Luis Marin giving Dallas a lead they would not relinquish.  The attacks were coming in waves and substitute Ryan Hollingshead made an immediate impact after checking in.  His well weighted pass in behind the SKC defense sprung the speedy Fabian Castillo who round the onrushing Marin and slotted into the empty net.

It looked all comfortable at 3-1, but then a phantom penalty kick was awarded in the 80th minute.  Dom Dwyer stepped up with a chance to make the final ten minutes interesting.  Instead, Dallas keeper Chris Seitz was more than up to the task as he stretched to his right and easily pushed the spot kick away.  That was that and FC Dallas has their second win of the season.

Dallas will travel to Philadelphia next Friday, while Kansas City returns home to host Portland.  FC Dallas is the only team in MLS at a perfect 2-0-0.