Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas Pick & Prediction MAR 18th 2023

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FC Dallas looks to extend visiting Sporting Kansas City's scoreless streak to open the season when the teams meet on Saturday in Frisco, Texas.

FC Dallas (1-1-1, 4 points) allowed an own goal in the 34th minute after taking an early lead in a 1-1 draw against the host Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. Sporting KC (0-1-2, 2 points) has yet to score through three games this season after a scoreless draw against the visiting LA Galaxy on Saturday.

Dallas took the lead in the fifth minute when Nkosi Tafari intercepted a Vancouver clearing attempt a few yards outside the top left corner of the 18-yard box. He sent a cross to defender Sebastien Ibeagha, whose glancing header from about eight yards out from in front of the goal found the bottom right corner for his first MLS goal in his 97th appearance.

"It's been a long time since I scored a goal, so it is good to be back on the score sheet. For it to be assisted by Kos (Tafari) is great because he's my guy," Ibeagha said. "We looked at each other and I told him to put the ball in the box and that is exactly what he did. It was a good goal, and it makes it a little extra special that Kos assisted it for me."

Vancouver equalized when Javain Brown's long throw-in from the right wing was headed along the top of the 6-yard box by Ranko Veselinovic. Dallas forward Paul Arriola was guarding the Whitecaps' Ryan Gauld just outside the far post, but he stuck his leg out and inadvertently knocked the ball into the net past keeper Maarten Paes.

Dallas outshot Vancouver 11-10 but had just two shots on target, while the Whitecaps had four.

"We had a very good game, playing away and dictating the tempo. We knew that they were a good team, they have quality," Dallas coach Nico Estevez said. "We had a good start and scored a goal. And there was a moment there that we should have been more aggressive, we should have been more determined to score the second goal. And even though we were having the possession and we were dominating, we weren't creating those goal-scoring opportunities."

Kansas City unleashed 30 shots, including 11 on goal, in a scoreless draw against the Galaxy.

"I'm incredibly excited about our team," Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. "I really am. I'm incredibly excited based on what those guys did tonight and the way they played, the way they controlled the game."

Kansas City, CF Montreal and Colorado are the only teams that have yet to score through three MLS games this season. However, Kansas City has allowed just one goal.

"It's a little frustrating that we couldn't score, but it's coming," Kansas City winger Daniel Salloi said.

--Field Level Media

Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas Recap MAR 18TH 2023

Jesus Ferreira's goal in the 84th minute lifted FC Dallas to a 2-1 win over visiting Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in Frisco, Texas.

Alan Velasco also scored for Dallas, which improved to 2-1-1, while Daniel Salloi scored for Kansas City (0-2-2), which remained winless through four games.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Dallas pulled even in the 55th minute.

Velasco found Sebastian Lletget near the top of the penalty box, but instead of taking the shot, Lletget passed it immediately back to Velasco, who ripped a shot into the far corner of the net past John Pulskamp.

Kansas City had a golden opportunity to retake the lead in the 61st minute when it was awarded a penalty kick when Dallas goalie Maarten Paes tripped William Agada.

Paes initially denied Agada's penalty shot by diving to his left, but his save was nullified because VAR determined he left the goal line before the shot. Paes promptly dove to his right to bat Erik Thommy's penalty shot out of play.

The missed opportunity proved costly for Kansas City later in the half.

Dallas completed its rally when Paul Arriola intercepted an errant clearing pass and slid a pass along the right wing to Geovane Jesus, who whipped a crossing pass into the goal area.

Ferreira got his foot on it, but Pulskamp deflected the shot a few feet away, enabling Ferreira to pounce on the rebound and put it in the back of the net for his third goal of the season.

Kansas City appeared to have a chance to tie the game in the 90th minute when it was initially awarded a penalty shot, but the penalty on Paes was overturned on VAR.

Dallas, which had possession for 51.3 percent of the game, outshot Kansas City 12-11, with each side putting just three shots on target.

Paes had two saves for Dallas, while Pulskamp had one for Kansas City.

Kansas City scored its first goal of the season in the 11th minute when Salloi's blast from near the top of the penalty box caught Paes flat-footed and dipped just under the crossbar.

--Field Level Media
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