Sporting Kansas City blast FC Dallas

Published Friday, May 29, 2015 10:45 PM by Shane Barrow

The long and difficult road trip continued for FC Dallas as they visited Sporting Kansas City for some Friday night MLS soccer.  SKC were looking to draw even in the standings with Dallas if they could win on home soil.

Coach Oscar Pareja chose to leave the dynamic Fabian Castillo out of the starting lineup.  Instead the 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele got the start.   Interesting decision as Castillo has been one of the best players in the league so far this year and Dallas looked completely lost without him on the pitch.

A weak free kick call gave Sporting Kansas City the free kick that led to the opening goal.  The free kick was put perfectly to the back post where Kevin Ellis beat Zac Loyd to direct the header to the opposite post where Krisztian Nemeth nodded home from close range.  Did i forget to mention Nemeth was offside?  A very soft initial call and blown offside call had KC in front.  Luckily it wouldn't matter a it was only the first of many SKC goals on the night.

Dallas were rattled and SKC should have made it 2-0 in the 24th minute as Benny Feilhaber found himself one v one with FCD keeper Dan Kennedy.  Feilhaber blew the chance though as he rolled his shot wide of the post.

It was all one way traffic as SKC was pushing for the second goal.  Krisztian Nemeth was the best player on the pitch by a mile as the Dallas defense had no answer for the talented striker.  Things would get worse for FCD when Nemeth was brought down by Zach Loyd who deservedly was shown his second yellow of the opening half.  Not the best of night's from Loyd at all.  The game went to the break 1-0 to Sporting with Dallas left to struggle on ten men for the second half of play.

FC Dallas almost had the match tied just after the restart as Ryan Hollingshead played a perfect pass for Tesho Akindele.  SKC keeper Melia raced out to deflect away the danger.  It would be the only shot on goal of the game for FC Dallas.  Just a minute later and Kansas City doubled their lead.  Once again Nemeth was the man as he spun easily around Matt Hedges and laid it perfectly for Feilhaber to slot home.  Nice goal and Dallas were done.

In the 57th it was 3-0 as Kevin Ellis smashed home a corner kick with a powerful downward header.  That was that as FC Dallas were well beaten with thirty minutes to play.  Someone forgot to tell the home side though as they scored a real beauty.  A wonderful overlap from Graham Zusi was rewarded with a perfect back heel from Connor Hallisey leaving Zusi to blast past the helpless Dan Kennedy.  Things were beyond ugly as Dallas were barely even competitive at that point.

The confident 4-0 Sporting Kansas City victory continues their move up the MLS Western Conference standings.  FC Dallas, on the other and, are left staring at three more games on the road.