Sporting KC Shutout FC Dallas in Home Opener


Graham Zusi of Sporting KC tangles with Roland Lamah of FCD at Children’s Mercy Park on March 11, 2017. Photo Will Bramlett

Sporting Kansas City secured a second straight 0-0 draw to open the 2017 season on Saturday, splitting the points with FC Dallas in the club’s home opener at Children’s Mercy Park.

Dom Dwyer, Jimmy Medranda and MLS debutant Latif Blessing all came close to providing the breakthrough for Sporting Kansas City (0-0-2, 2 points), but an organized defensive performance from the reigning Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup champions allowed FC Dallas (1-0-1, 4 points) to emerge with a road result amidst frigid playing conditions.

Manager Peter Vermes fielded an unchanged lineup from Week 1 as Sporting Kansas City claimed back-to-back clean sheets to open an MLS campaign for the first time since 2012. The result also extended the club’s home unbeaten run against FC Dallas to seven games in all competitions.

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Photos provided by Will Bramlett. Check out his photo site Work in the Morning for more, including extensive coverage of Saint Louis FC. You can also follow him on Twitter.

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