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FC Dallas Fall Short at Kansas City, 2-1
It wasn't FC Dallas' night, and a late goal from Jesus Ferreira wasn't enough to find a result against Sporting KC.
Tonight against Sporting Kansas City, things didn’t go FC Dallas’ way.
Not that the performance was all bad.
Two goals from Sporting Kansas City, including a winner from Daniel Salloi, who continues to wreak havoc against Dallas, were enough to hold off the visitors from Frisco on a weather-delayed night. While things got started late, both teams brought energy to the game from the opening whistle, stringing together a number of dangerous chances. Jesus Jimenez could have opened scoring with a shot that ricocheted off the back post.
Sporting Kansas City found a goal from a dangerous cross and an unmarked Gadi Kinda.
In the second half, Daniel Salloi manufactured the second in front of a rehabbing Geovane Jesus who didn’t put enough pressure on the Hungarian.
Jesus Ferreira scrapped together another poacher kind of effort late, adding his ninth goal of the season, and while FC Dallas pushed hard, they couldn’t find the equalizer.
“To be honest, we are very disappointed with the result. More with the result that we didn’t deserve,” FC Dallas Head Coach Nico Estevez said after the game. “We just deserved much more as we did against San Jose. Soccer is being a little bit cruel with us.”
The game was intriguing for FC Dallas fans as Collin Smith, called up from his loan at Legion FC, and Nolan Norris started. Norris slotted in as one of the double pivots, giving some rest to Facundo Quignon (which may have proved pretty smart), while Smith started at right back to give more time to Geovane as he works his way back from an injury. The homegrowns accounted well for themselves.
“Collin had a difficult task to do. They overloaded that side. Nolan overall was calm, and he played a good game. It shows that he has played more games this season,” Nico said.
The injury list is mounting for FC Dallas, and now they can add the suspension of Edwin Cerrillo to make things difficult as he earned his fifth yellow card late on.
While the result stinks, Kansas City is always a tough place to play, and with all the juggling of personnel, FC Dallas can turn to resting up and welcome Nashville, one of the league’s hottest teams, to their stadium this weekend. The challenge of who to start and how to get the most out of this team won’t stop, but it’s clear that the staff can look at the tape and see some bright moments to build upon.
Hopefully, soccer will be less cruel this weekend.
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