Sporting Kansas City beat FC Dallas 2-0 on Sunday afternoon for just its second victory in 12 matches. It also marked the first time the club earned points in consecutive matches since consecutive draws on April 27 and May 1.
The quality of soccer took a back seat on Sunday to extreme temperatures and a touching tribute. As the heat index forced temperatures into the mid- to upper-90s, the atmosphere and energy level on the pitch started to wane. Before the match, a minute of silence was held for the victims of the June 12 massacre at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub, which also was the subject of a tribute from fans in the Cauldron at Children’s Mercy Park.
The soccer community continues to honor the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Sporting Kansas City paused for minute of silence before Sunday match against FC Dallas. The KC Cauldron, Sporting KC’s most recognizable supporter’s group, also raised a special tifo — a choreographed display in the stands of Children’s Mercy — in remembrance of the victims and their families.
Roger Espinoza’s dad, Anibal, moved to the United States from Honduras in 1987. He worked here for a decade to finance his family’s move to America. Espinoza has since enjoyed an illustrious soccer career with Sporting KC.
Clint Dempsey scored for the third straight game on a first-half header and set up Gyasi Zardes for a tap-in goal midway through the second half, boosting the United States into the Copa America semifinals with a 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday night.
Sporting KC will travel to play Houston on June 28 or June 29. The club secured its spot in the fifth round with Wednesday's win against Minnesota United. If it advances past Houston, Sporting KC will be host in the quarterfinal round.
Sporting KC launched its Open Cup championship defense with a 2-1 victory in overtime against Minnesota United FC of the North American Soccer League. Diego Rubio provided the game-winning goal in the second segment of overtime.