On a hot, humid weekday morning in July, Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer stayed after practice to shoot a promotional video. He collected pass after pass, all of them in mid-air, and then turned and fired soccer balls toward a small target in the middle of the net. The drill lasted several minutes until coach Peter Vermes requested he call it a day.
On Saturday in Frisco, Texas, he applied it to a game.
Dwyer scored a pair of goals — the second one a product of a brilliant individual effort — in helping Sporting draw FC Dallas 2-2 on Saturday, earning a road result against the Western Conference leader.
After a ho-hum opening 65 minutes at Toyota Park, Dwyer’s second tally came in the midst of a flurry of four goals over an 11-minute span. FC Dallas struck first in the 66th minute and then last in the 76th minute to tie the match.
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“I will tell you that it’s good to get a point, but I’m a little disappointed — I think we could’ve gotten all three,” Vermes said in a phone interview.
Sporting KC, 10-11-5, withstood a burst of chances from FC Dallas over the final 10 minutes and escaped with the point. In the end, FC Dallas remained unbeaten at home, and Sporting KC extended its road winless streak to 11 matches.
FC Dallas, 13-6-6, has won nine of its 13 home matches, and it grabbed the first lead Saturday, with substitute Tesho Akindele scoring in the 66th minute.
The advantage lasted less than two minutes. Dwyer equalized in the 68th minute, a goal on which Brad Davis got his first assist in a Sporting KC uniform. Davis is third in MLS history with 123 career assists.
Dwyer added another goal in the 73rd minute, cleaning up a ball that the FC Dallas defense had popped high into the air. Dwyer allowed the ball to hit the turf before striking it past keeper Chris Seitz.
“Great timing. There’s no way that goalkeeper’s getting to that,” Vermes said. “It was a great finish.”
But that lead was also short-lived. FC Dallas midfielder Max Urruti scored in the 76th minute, collecting a rebound after the ball clanked off the goalpost. Alec Kann, who made his third straight start in goal for Sporting KC, was unable to clear the ball before it hit the post.
“Unfortunately, we gave up a soft goal on the second one,” Vermes said. “That ball should be out of bounds.”
Sporting KC lost defender Ike Opara to an ankle injury in the first half. He was replaced by Kevin Ellis.
Sporting KC midfielders Roger Espinoza and Soni Mustivar were suspended for the match Saturday after having received cards last week.
Those absences paved the way for the MLS debut of Emmanuel Appiah, who was signed by Sporting KC on July 12.
After a bevy of lineup changes Saturday, even more await Tuesday, when Sporting KC will play in Trinidad and Tobago, facing Central FC in the opener of the CONCACAF Champions League.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 2
FC DALLAS 2
KANSAS CITY: Alec Kaan, Lawrence Olum, Ike Opara (Kevin Ellis, 35th minute), Jimmy Medranda, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Nuno Coelho (Paulo Nagamura, 85th), Emmanuel Appiah, Benny Feilhaber, Dom Dwyer, Graham Zusi, Jacob Peterson (Brad Davis, 66th).
FC DALLAS: Chris Seitz, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Maynor Figueroa, Atiba Harris, Mauro Diaz, Victor Ulloa (Kellyn Acosta, 56th minute), Carlos Gruezo (Ryan Hollingshead, 75th), Maximiliano Urruti, Michael Barrios, Getterson Alves dos Santos (Tesho Akindele, 61st).
Kansas City: Dom Dwyer, 68th minute (Davis); Dom Dwyer, 73rd. FC Dallas: Tesho Akindele, 66th (Harris, Gruezo); Maximiliano Urruti, 76th.
Shots on goal
Kansas City: Saad Abdul-Salaam, 86th minute; Jimmy Medranda, 88th.
FC Dallas: Matt Hedges, 22nd minute; Atiba Harris, 83rd.
Kansas City: None.
FC Dallas: None.
Referee: Armando Villarreal.
Assistant referee: Corey Parker.
Assistant referee: Matthew Nelson.
4th official: Mark Kadlecik.
Announced attendance: 13,408.