There were eight goals, but six of them hit the back of the FC Dallas net as Sporting Kansas City managed a 6-2 win over FC Dallas at Sporting Park on Wednesday night. The win sees Sporting Kansas City advance to the quarter-finals of the US Open Cup, where they will play Houston Dynamo in Houston.
It took just five minutes for Kansas City to hit the lead as a corner from Benny Feilhaber was sent to the far post. That allowed Dom Dwyer to jump on to it, heading it in down off the cross bar to open the scoring early.
It should have been two just 18 minutes in as Krisztian Nemeth stole possession up high. That allowed him to find Jacob Peterson who beat his defender to the ball which saw the chance be created but he was denied by a nice slide in from Chris Seitz.
FC Dallas could well have got back on level terms in the 24th minute thanks to a nice cross from Roland Escobar. He curled his cross in to the box, but his effort could only just scrape the crossbar as it went too high, over the bar.
On the half hour mark, Kansas City had their lead doubled after some nice play between Feilhaber and Dwyer. Feilhaber lifted a free kick to the far post where Dwyer ran through a crowd of Dallas defenders and headed it home.
There was a first half hat trick for Dwyer in the 41st minute after Kansas City were awarded a penalty when Moises Hernandez brought down Dwyer. Dwyer dusted himself off and dispatched the penalty promptly to make it three.
Just before half time Sporting Kansas City were able to make it 4-0 after a solid run from Jacob Peterson down the right allowed him to set it up. Peterson sent a ball in for Nemeth who was able to run on to it and finish with his first touch to make it 4-0 at half time.
It became 5-0 in the 59th minute as there was another brace, this time from Nemeth who linked up well with Saad Abdul-Salaam. With half an hour to play the match was all but over, which allowed Sporting Kansas City to let their foot off the gas.
But three minutes later, FC Dallas pulled a goal back thanks to some nice passing work down the wing between Michael Barrios and David Texeira. Barrios received possession, all alone on the keeper and sent it out of his reach, low and to the left.
Unfortunately for FC Dallas they conceded shortly after as Dwyer was able to score his fourth of the night. It came in the 69th minute from a free-kick just outside the box as he hit on a curling shot which snuck in under the crossbar, which saw him work in to a tie for the top of the tournament golden boot standings.
Dallas did pull back the final goal, a consolation goal in the 73rd minute as Kellyn Acosta was able to score his first ever FC Dallas goal. Acosta got possession in the middle of the field, looked up and shot, from 30 yards, taking a deflection off of Matt Besler’s back, and catching out the keeper to make it a 6-2 final score.