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By The Numbers: Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas - July 1, 2015

Riding a six-game home winning streak, Sporting Kansas City resumes their 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday against MLS rival FC Dallas. A limited number of tickets for the Round of 16 matchup at Sporting Park are available via and the game is included as Special Game A in season ticket packages. will provide a live stream of the match, presented by Ivy Funds, and @SKCGameday on Twitter will provide in-game updates. Wednesday's winner will advance to play the Houston Dynamo in the tournament quarterfinals on July 21 or 22.

Wednesday's contest—one of six all-MLS matchups in the Round of 16—will be the third competitive meeting between Sporting KC and FC Dallas in 2015, with both sides previously claiming a league victory on home soil. We break down the matchup in our By The Numbers preview...


  • FC Dallas defeated Sporting KC 3-1 on March 14 at Toyota Stadium, receiving goals from Blas Perez (2) and Fabian Castillo to overcome Roger Espinoza's equalizer late in the first half.
  • Sporting KC beat FC Dallas 4-0 on May 29 at Sporting Park, receving goals from Krisztian Nemeth, Benny Feilhaber, Kevin Ellis and Graham Zusi.
  • Sporting KC and FC Dallas have squared off in the U.S. Open Cup just once all-time. In the 2004 quarterfinals, Kansas City topped Dallas 4-0 en route to the team's first Open Cup championship.
  • Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has conceded 12 goals in his last three starts against Sporting KC (0-3-0 record).
  • Wednesday's game is the only Round of 16 matchup between two previous Open Cup champions.

Sporting KC

  • SKC is riding a six-game home winning streak in all competitions since the start of May. During that stretch, the club has posted five shutouts and outscored opponents by an aggregate score of 13-2.
  • SKC's six-game home winning streak in all competitions is the club's fourth longest all-time in a single season.
  • Tim Melia has posted a 386 minute shutout streak at Sporting Park dating back to May 20.
  • SKC has posted shutouts in nine of 17 matches across all competitions.
  • SKC has posted seven shutouts in 10 home games this season, including six of the last seven (all competitions) at Sporting Park.
  • SKC has lost in the Open Cup Round of 16 in each of the last two seasons with both defeats coming at Sporting Park.
  • SKC is 14-7-2 at home in the Open Cup and 6-7-1 in the Round of 16.
  • Jacob Peterson is one shy of his 50th career start for Sporting KC in all competitions.

FC Dallas

  • Dallas snapped a six-game winless skid in MLS play with a 2-0 win over Houston on Friday. The victory came on the heels of a five-game road trip that yielded three losses and two draws.
  • Dallas is 2-4-3 on the road this season with 10 goals scored and 15 conceded.
  • FC Dallas finished the 2014 regular season with six shutouts. The 2015 squad has already reached that mark through 17 games.
  • Dallas scored 15 set piece goals in 2014 but has tallied just one set piece goal this season.
  • Dallas is one of five MLS teams to have received four red cards this season. However, the club's 12.1 fouls per game rank fifth lowest in the league.
  • Fabian Castillo leads Dallas with six goals and six assists in all competitions this season.
  • Since 2014, Dallas is 12-6-4 with eight shutouts when Zach Loyd and Matt Hedges start in central defense.

2015 MLS Regular Season Leaders

Category Sporting KC FC Dallas
Goals Krisztian Nemeth 7 Fabian Castillo 6
Assists Benny Feilhaber 9 Mauro Diaz/Castillo 5
Shots (on goal) Dom Dwyer 42 (15) Fabian Castillo 42 (16)
Fouls committed Dom Dwyer 27 Victor Ulloa 21
Fouls suffered Dom Dwyer 41 Mauro Diaz 40
GAA Tim Melia 0.63 Dan Kennedy 1.30
Wins Tim Melia 5 Chris Seitz 4
Shutouts Tim Melia 5 Kennedy/Seitz 3
Saves Tim Melia 20 Dan Kennedy 19

Team stats (2015 MLS regular season)

MLS rank in parenthesis (stats as of June 30, 2015)

(per game)
Sporting KC
7-3-6, 27 pts
(5th in West)
FC Dallas
7-5-5, 26 pts 
(6th in West)
Goals scored 1.56 (1st) 1.24 (10th)
Goals conceded 1.06 (6th) 1.35 (t-14th)
Shots 12.7 (9th) 10.1 (18th)
Shooting accuracy 31.3% (18th) 36.0% (6th)
Assists 1.81 (2nd) 1.24 (9th)
Chances created 10.6 (4th) 7.9 (17th)
Fouls committed 12.4 (14th) 12.1 (16th)
Fouls suffered 11.4 (16th) 12.4 (12th)
Successful passes 290 (15th) 278 (17th)
Possession 50.1% (10th) 47.3% (17th)
Shots faced 9.4 (1st) 11.8 (10th)
Saves 2.4 (15th) 2.1 (20th)

Recent #SKCvFCD meetings

  • All competitions record vs. FC Dallas: 24-21-10 (1-0-0 in Open Cup)
  • Home games (at Sporting Park): 14-8-6 (2-1-1)
Date Score Location Details
3/25/12 W 2-1 Sporting Park SKC comes from behind, Kamara
scores winner in 89th minute
6/22/13 T 2-2 Toyota Stadium DAL erases 2-0 deficit with
goals in 
88th & 90th minutes
3/15/14 T 1-1 Sporting Park Hedges scores in 90th minute
to cancel out Collin opener
3/14/15 L 1-3 Toyota Stadium Castillo adds to Perez brace,
Espinoza on target for SKC
5/29/15 W 4-0 Sporting Park Nemeth, Feilhaber, Ellis and
and Zusi score in rout.