Ricardo Villar scored early and Kevin Hartman notched seven saves, including one on a Kei Kamara penalty kick, but Sporting KC found a late goal for a 2-1 win over visiting FC Dallas here Sunday night.
Blas Perez was tripped up just outside the 18-yard box, earning the visiting Dallas side a dangerous free kick. Villar knocked the chance high over the wall and to the far right of Jimmy Nielsen for a 1-0 Dallas lead in the 25th minute.
Down a goal, Sporting KC continued to push. With extra time ticking down in the first half, Roger Espinoza was tripped up in the Kansas City attacking third. On the free kick, Zusi picked 6’2” center back Aurelien Collin out in the crowd and the French international flicked the header over an on-rushing Hartman for the game-tying goal.
The second half saw an almost immediate chance for Sporting KC to take the lead when Chance Myers earned a penalty kick in the 50th minute. Kamara stepped to the spot, but Hartman was a step ahead of him, making the 14th PK stop of his MLS career.
With Ricardo Villar out after a collision with Myers, FC Dallas saw the majority of second half chances go to the home side. Hernan Pertuz had a chance to put Dallas ahead in the 86th minute, but his shot sailed high. Two minutes later, Myers crossed to Kamara for the game winner.
The loss drops FC Dallas to 1-1-1 (4 points) on the season, while Sporting KC improved to 3-0-0 (9 points). Dallas is on the road again Friday at DC United, kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT.
DAL – Ricardo Villar 25
SKC – Aurelien Collin (Graham Zusi) 45+
SKC – Kei Kamara (Chance Myers, Zusi) 88
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, Hernan Pertuz, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Bryan Leyva (Andrew Wiedeman 70), Ricardo Villar (Bobby Warshaw 46, Luis Perea 90), Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson, Jair Benitez, Blas Perez.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Matt Hedges, Bruno Guarda, Alex Lee.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Ricardo Villar 2);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Ricardo Villar 1);
FOULS: 11 (Four players with two);
CORNER KICKS: 5 (Daniel Hernandez 3);
SAVES: 7 (Kevin Hartman 7)
Sporting KC – Jimmy Nielsen, Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Chance Myers, Kei Kamara, Graham Zusi (Lawrence Olum 91), Roger Espinoza, Julio Cesar, Bobby Convey (Jacob Peterson 93), C.J. Sapong.
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Kempin, Dom Dwyer, Michael Harrington, Paula Nagamura, Luke Sassano.
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Kei Kamara 11);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Kei Kamara 5);
FOULS: 15 (Chance Myers 4);
OFFSIDES: 1 (Graham Zusi 1);
CORNER KICKS: 7 (Graham Zusi 5);
SKC - Aurelien Collin (caution; Foul) 32
SKC – Chance Myers (caution; Foul) 36
DAL – Daniel Hernandez (caution; Dissent) 45+
SKC – Roger Espinoza (caution; Time Wasting) 90+
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson, Peter Balciunas
4th Official: Yader Reyes
Time of Game: 2:03
Weather: Sunny and 68 degrees