FC Dallas (1-0-1, 4 pts) at Sporting KC (2-0-0, 6 pts)
Sunday, March 25, 2012 – 6:00 p.m. CT
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park | Kansas City, KS
English TV: KSMO
Spanish TV: Galavision
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
Sporting Kansas City will host FC Dallas at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the LSP Box Offices or online at Ticketmaster.com, including the special two-for-one East Stand ticket offer.
The match, presented by Time Warner Cable, will air live locally on KSMO-TV, beginning with a 30-minute pre-game show, and will be broadcast nationally on Galavision (en Espanol). Fans can also tune into LaGran D 1340 AM for live Spanish radio coverage of Sunday’s contest.
Parking lots open at 3:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, with the Members’ Club and Sprint Plaza opening one hour later. Ticket holders may begin accessing their seats at 4:30 p.m. CT and are encouraged to check-in at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park with the Sporting Explore mobile app and on Foursquare.
Sporting Kansas City will host its third annual Jewish Heritage Celebration on Sunday in conjunction with the match. Ticket packages are available and include a special Hebrew Sporting KC t-shirt, with all proceeds benefitting Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy sports programs and the Jewish Federation’s Sasone organization. Local Kansas City Rabbis will perform the ceremonial first kick and kosher hot dogs will be available to purchase during the match. Contact Sporting KC Senior Account Executive Emily Hanover (913-387-3838) for more information.
Sporting Kansas City (2-0-0) are atop the Eastern Conference after back-to-back wins to open the 2012 season. Following a dramatic 1-0 win at D.C. United during MLS First Kick, Sporting KC thrilled a standing-room only crowd at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park with a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution last Saturday. Goals from Graham Zusi, Kei Kamara and C.J. Sapong powered Sporting Kansas City in the victory, while goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen recorded his second straight shutout to start the season.
FC Dallas (1-0-1) are also unbeaten after opening the year with two straight home games. Panama international Blas Perez, signed in January, has led the way for FC Dallas thus far, recording assists on both goals in their 2-1 win over New York to kick off the season and scoring theclub’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers last Saturday.
The visitors are likely to be without Designated Players Fabian Castillo and David Ferreira, as well as former KC striker Scott Sealy due to injuries. Meanwhile, both teams will be missing players currently competing in the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Sporting Kansas City striker Teal Bunbury and FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea teamed up in the United States 6-0 win versus Cuba on Thursday, while FC Dallas midfielder Carlos Rodriguez will represent Panama in Group B of the eight-team tournament.
Sunday’s winner will take the lead in the all-time series, currently deadlocked at 19-19-8 between the two original MLS clubs.Sporting KC holds a 10-8-5 advantage at home in the series, but lost the lone meeting at LSP last year after FC Dallas stole a 3-2 win with three goals in the game's final 20 minutes.