By The Numbers presented by KDOT: #DALvSKC | Oct. 6, 2019

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Eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2010, Sporting Kansas City (10-15-8, 38 points) will embrace the spoiler role on Sunday when they visit playoff hopefuls FC Dallas (12-12-9, 45 points) as the MLS regular season comes to a dramatic close on Decision Day. Kickoff at Toyota Stadium is slated for 3 p.m. CT with live coverage on FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO, ESPN 94.5 FM (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish). We take a statistical look at the fixture in our final 2019 edition of By The Numbers.


  • Sporting hold a narrow 25-24-12 edge in the all-time regular season series.
  • Dallas won the most recent meeting on July 20 at Children's Mercy Park, receiving goals in either half from Dominique Badji and Jesus Ferreira.
  • The last time these teams met at Toyota Stadium in October 2018, Sporting strolled to a 3-0 win with goals from Roger Espinoza, Johnny Russell and Daniel Salloi.
  • Sporting are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games at Toyota Stadium dating back to 2011.
  • The home side in the series has lost each of the last three regular season meetings.

FC Dallas

  • 2019 MLS record: 12-12-9 (45 points, 7th in Western Conference)
  • 2019 MLS home record: 9-1-6 (32 GF, 16 GA)
  • Last MLS match: L 0-3 at Colorado Rapids on Sept. 29
  • Last 5 MLS matches: 1-2-2, 5 points (W-L-T-T-L)
  • Currently occupying the seventh and final playoff spot, Dallas can clinch a playoff berth with:
    • A win, OR
    • A draw if San Jose loses or ties at Portland, OR
    • A loss if San Jose loses at Portland and Colorado loses or ties at LAFC.
  • Dallas has just one home loss this season, tied for the fewest in MLS (9-1-6). Their lone home defeat came on May 11 against the Red Bulls.
  • Dallas hasn't lost more than two home games in a season since 2014. The club has a 52-8-24 regular season record at Toyota Stadium since the start of 2015.
  • Dallas is winless in its last four matches, going 0-2-2 since beating FC Cincinnati on Aug. 31.
  • Eight of Dallas' 12 wins have come by two or more goals. Their four one-goal wins are tied for the fewest in MLS.
  • Dallas is 11-1-4 when scoring first this season but just 1-11-2 when conceding the first goal.
  • Dallas has led at halftime in 11 of its 12 league wins this season.
  • Forward Jesus Ferreira, aged 18, leads FC Dallas with seven goals.
  • Midfielder Michael Barrios ranks fifth in MLS with 13 assists and sixth with 82 chances created.
  • Midfielder Bryan Acosta leads MLS with 12 yellow cards and ranks fourth with 61 fouls committed.
  • Defender Ryan Hollingshead ranks fourth in MLS in duels won (234) and sixth in interceptions (54). He is also second on the team with six goals.

Sporting Kansas City

  • 2019 MLS record: 10-15-8, 38 points (10th in Western Conference)
  • 2019 MLS away record: 3-9-4 (19 GF, 31 GA)
  • Last MLS match: T 2-2 vs. Portland Timbers on Sept. 29
  • Last 5 MLS matches0-4-1, 1 point (L-L-L-L-T)
  • Sporting have been eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2010. Their eight-year playoff streak was the fourth-longest in MLS history.
  • Sporting have conceded 61 goals this season, the second-most in MLS and the second-most in club history (63 in 1996).
  • Sporting have conceded 20 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, the most in MLS.
  • Sporting have suffered six losses when scoring first, the most in MLS this season.
  • Goalkeeper Tim Melia has saved three of the four penalty kicks he has faced this season and has an MLS career-high 111 saves.
  • Felipe Gutierrez is tied for the lead among MLS midfielders with 12 goals. He has become the fourth midfielder in club history to hit double-digit goals in a single regular season (Preki, Mark Chung, Benny Feilhaber).
  • Forward Johnny Russell has become the second player in club history (Preki) to record at least nine goals and nine assists in consecutive regular seasons.
  • Midfielders Roger Espinoza and Ilie Sanchez will miss Sunday's match with red card suspensions.

Milestones and Miscellany

  • Goalkeeper Tim Melia is one shy of his 46th regular season shutout for Sporting, which would pass Jimmy Nielsen for the most in club history.

Recent #DALvSKC meetings

  • Regular season record vs. FC Dallas: 25-24-12 (91 GF, 94 GA)
  • Regular season away record at FC Dallas: 10-14-5 (34 GF, 54 GA)
Date Result H/A Competition Details
03/11/2017 T 0-0 Home MLS Dom Dwyer and Latif Blessing go close in scoreless draw
04/22/2017 L 0-1 Away MLS Maynor Figueroa scores winner in 77th minute
07/11/2017 W 3-0
Home Open Cup Blessing scores brace and Daniel Salloi adds third in extra time of Open Cup quarterfinals
08/19/2017 W 2-0 Home MLS Diego Rubio and Gerso Fernandes score late in either half
06/16/2018 W 3-2 Home Open Cup Salloi scores twice and Yohan Croizet bags stunning late winner, while Dallas gets goals from Carlos Gruezo and Roland Lamah
07/28/2018 L 2-3 Home MLS Michael Barrios hat-trick overcomes goals from Gerso and Salloi
10/21/2018 W 3-0 Away MLS Salloi, Roger Espinoza and Johnny Russell score in emphatic road win
07/20/2019 L 0-2 Home MLS Dominique Badji and Jesus Ferreira pace Dallas to road win

Team Stats (2019 regular season)

MLS rank in parenthesis (source: Opta)

Category (per game) Sporting FC Dallas
Goals scored 1.48 (t-13th) 1.45 (16th)
Goals conceded 1.85 (23rd) 1.39 (t-8th)
Shots 14.9 (5th) 13.6 (11th)
Shots on goal 5.1 (6th) 4.8 (12th)
Shooting accuracy 44.7% (13th) 46.9% (9th)
Shot conversion rate 10.0% (21st) 10.7% (17th)
Passing accuracy 82.9% (5th) 84.5% (2nd)
Possession 53.0% (8th) 53.5% (6th)
Chances created 10.3 (11th) 10.0 (13th)
Duels won 46.8 (23rd) 50.5 (12th)
Tackles won 8.8 (21st) 10.9 (6th)
Interceptions 9.2 (21st) 11.0 (4th)
Clearances 16.2 (18th) 16.6 (15th)
Fouls committed 12.4 (6th) 12.5 (4th)
Fouls suffered 11.5 (11th) 11.8 (9th)
Shots faced 13.4 (13th) 12.9 (10th)