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Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas | 2018 MLS Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas
2018 MLS Regular Season — Week 22

Children’s Mercy Park — Kansas City
July 28
— 9 pm ET
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Saturday brings a battle of Western Conference superpowers as first-place FC Dallas head to Children’s Mercy Park to face a rested, and no doubt refocused, Sporting Kansas City following the end of their U.S. Open Cup title defense.

FC Dallas are coming off a 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo in the first edition of the Texas Derby in 2018, while Sporting haven't played since falling to the Dynamo in the Open Cup on July 18.

Sporting Kansas City

The hope of repeating as Open Cup champions was dashed for Sporting (9-5-6), who fell to the Houston Dynamo, 4-2, in the quarterfinals at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Johnny Russell actually gave the visitors an early lead, but braces by Romell Quioto and Mauro Manotas followed before what proved to be a cosmetic second-half stoppage time goal by Yohan Croizet.

After the game, Peter Vermes was livid, saying “a couple guys gave up on the game.”

“They’re going to find themselves very, very, very, very, very far away from the team and trying to get back in,” Vermes told reporters. “They’re going to have to do some real proving.

“It’s not just my evaluation. It’s other players’ [evaluations] as well. Our team and our club is not built on that type of attitude. That won’t be tolerated.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Roger Espinoza
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Jimmy Medranda (knee injury), F - Khiry Shelton (right MCL tear), D/M - Brad Evans (Achilles injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Tim Melia — Graham Zusi, Emiliano Amor, Graham Smith, Seth Sinovic — Ilie Sanchez, Roger Espinoza — Yohan Croizet, Felipe Gutierrez, Johnny Russell — Daniel Salloi

FC Dallas   

There were plenty of fireworks early in the year's first Texas Derby, with Dallas (11-3-6) racing out to a lead inside the 1st minute when Matt Hedges headed past Joe Willis, and Manotas leveling for the hosts just seven minutes later.

No additional goals were scored, but there were chances aplenty, especially for Roland Lamah, who had a penalty kick saved and took a heavy touch on the rebound back to him, then hit the crossbar on an open-net chance in the 72nd minute.

Oscar Pareja shook up his roster in the days that followed, acquiring Dom Badji from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Kellyn Acosta, and signing Chilean midfielder Pablo Aranguiz, who appears to be club’s new No. 10 after Mauro Diaz's transfer to Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: F - Santiago Mosquera (hamstring injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Jesse Gonzalez — Reggie Cannon, Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler, Maynor Figueroa — Carlos Gruezo, Victor Ulloa — Michael Barrios, Roland Lamah, Tesho Akindele — Maxi Urruti

All-Time Series

  • Overall: Sporting Kansas City 24 wins, 86 goals … FC Dallas 22 wins, 89 goals … 12 draws
  • At Kansas City: Sporting Kansas City 15 wins, 55 goals … FC Dallas 8 wins, 35 goals … 7 draws
  • Last meeting at Kansas City: Sporting Kansas City 2, FC Dallas 0 (Aug. 19, 2017)

Officials

Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referees: Gianni Facchini, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
4th Official: Rosendo Mendoza
VAR: Younes Marrakchi

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Sporting KC
D
W
L
L
D
L
FC Dallas
L
W
W
L
W
D

Season Stats

Sporting Kansas CityFC Dallas
20Games Played20
9Wins11
5Losses3
6Draws6
37Goals32
27Goals Conceded23
254Shots217
117Shots on Target110
216Fouls committed196
201Fouls suffered208
21Offside44
128Corners114

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
SKC53723371.9
DAL29450321.6
01234+Avg
SKC222222.2
DAL034402.1
01234+Avg
SKC315011.5
DAL260101

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
SKC73721271.4
DAL67520231.1
01234+Avg
SKC415001.1
DAL353001
01234+Avg
SKC322211.6
DAL322201.3
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