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FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2020 MLS Match Preview

2020 MLS Regular Season Week 18
FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City
Toyota Stadium – Frisco
October 14 – 8:30 PM ET

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US; on DAZN in Canada

LOCAL TV: FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports KC

FC Dallas look to snap a four-match winless streak when they host Sporting Kansas City Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium.

FC Dallas (5W-4L-6D) are coming off a 2-0 Texas Derby loss to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Stadium October 7, while Sporting (9W-5L-2D) are one point behind first-place Seattle in the West following a 2-1 win over Nashville SC. 

This is the third meeting this season with FC Dallas claiming a 3-2 victory at Children's Mercy Park on Sept. 19 with Franco Jara and Johnny Russell exchanging braces and the teams playing to a 1-1 draw in Kansas City Sept. 2.

FC Dallas

Major League Soccer postponed the FC Dallas vs. Minnesota United match following two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among the Minnesota United player pool. The Orlando City vs. Columbus Crew match was postponed following two confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the Columbus Crew staff. Orlando City confirmed a positive test result among its first team roster earlier on Saturday. 

The league said that both matches were postponed to ensure the health and safety of all players and staff and to allow for further testing and evaluation prior to travel and competition.

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Paxton Pomykal (M) - hip injury
    • OUT: Santiago Mosquera (M) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Matt Hedges (D) - undisclosed injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Michael Barrios (M)
  • International duty:  None

Sporting KC

Sporting rallied from a first-half deficit to defeat 10-man Nashville SC 2-1 behind an equalizing goal by Gerso and a stunning Erik Hurtado winner in the 79th minute. It was SKC's third consecutive win. Hurtado's volleyed banger had to be seen to be believed. And even then it almost defied logic. 

"I don't think people understand how hard that technique is and he executed it perfectly," Russell said after the match. "I said that to him at the time, I couldn't believe, to be honest, what I'd seen and I could see that tonight would probably take a little bit of something special and he more than produced that.”

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Felipe Gutierrez (M) - knee injury
    • OUT: Graham Zusi (D) - undisclosed injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Ilie Sanchez (M)
  • International duty:  Alan Pulido (F)

Series Matchup at FC Dallas

  • FC Dallas: 15 wins, 60 goals
  • Sporting KC: 10 wins, 34 goals
  • 5 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Armando Villarreal
  • Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Chris Elliott
  • 4th Official: Michael Radchuk
  • VAR: Malik Badawi
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Current Form

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

Season Stats

FC DallasSporting Kansas City
15Games Played16
5Wins9
4Losses5
6Draws2
21Goals29
17Goals Conceded22
140Shots164
68Shots on Target73
187Fouls committed204
187Fouls suffered177
18Offside24
80Corners100

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
DAL61521211.4
SKC36511291.8
01234+Avg
DAL304111.7
SKC243011.8
01234+Avg
DAL311101
SKC122101.8

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
DAL46410171.1
SKC66211221.4
01234+Avg
DAL342000.9
SKC521111.6
01234+Avg
DAL122101.5
SKC141001
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