FCD — Tesho Akindele 6 (Atiba Harris 2, Carlos Gruezo 1) 66
SKC — Dom Dwyer 11 (Brad Davis 1, Benny Feilhaber 6) 68
SKC — Dom Dwyer 12 (unassisted) 73
FCD — Maximiliano Urruti (unassisted) 76
Dom Dwyer scored a pair of second-half goals to give Sporting Kansas City a valuable 2-2 draw at FC Dallas on Saturday night. Tesho Akindele and Maximiliano Urruti struck on either side of Dwyer’s brace – with all four goals scored over a wild 10-minute span. What a second half this was at the Toyota Stadium in Texas.
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Overall thoughts on the game…
“Another good one. I want to highlight the work these guys put in tonight after such a busy week and such a long game in Los Angeles. The team kept pushing the game, playing with heart. For me, that means much more than anything. We keep looking for points and tonight was not what we wanted. We only got one point at home, but we just keep on rolling. Tonight was a good demonstration of good soccer and intensity against a good team, a conference rival. In the first half we found a lot of common things between the two teams: good passing sequences, good players tried to make key plays and both being in front of the goal. We had a few chances that could have been a change in the game.
In the second half we came on strong, but unfortunately we lost concentration in the next 10 minutes after we scored the first goal. I’m going to say it tonight; I’m not going to blame these guys. It has been an exhausting week, but I want to keep highlighting the way they came back to the game because they were *this* close to winning it. For me, it’s another sweet night with just one point”.
Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes
On tonight’s game…
“Good response by us to get the equalizer, and to get the second goal thereafter was obviously even better. I thought we gave up a soft goal on the second one. I would need to see it again, but from what I saw, the keeper should have just pushed the ball out, that’s the disappointing part of it. I thought both teams had chances. They had a couple more in the first half than we did, but in the second half, both teams were going back and forth and to be in front like we were and give up that goal is a little disappointing, but it’s good to get a point.
On taking a point away from this game…
They’re a good team. I know Oscar very well, and I congratulated him on making it to the finals of the US Open Cup. Obviously, they’re in form, but at the same time I think a few things in this league go your way. It’s amazing how fast things can turn in your favor, so the good thing is that we are still plugging away and fighting game after game. You can see it in the way our players play, and that’s the positive thing on my side”.