Central Bank game preview: Sporting KC host FC Dallas on Saturday at Children’s Mercy Park
After rallying to a 2-1 win over local rivals Houston Dynamo FC last weekend, FC Dallas (4-1-3, 15 points) have the longest unbeaten streak in Major League Soccer this season. The club’s only loss came in week two of the MLS campaign in a 1-0 loss to New England. FC Dallas has since posted scoreless draws in each of its last two away games and arrives in Kansas City as the only team yet to score a single road goal this season.
Led by first-year head coach Nico Estevez, FC Dallas leads Major League Soccer with just five goals conceded in the club’s first eight matches. The team signed 23-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Paes in January on a six-month loan from FC Utrecht and Paes, the only FC Dallas player to play every minute in 2022, is now top of the championship with an average of 0.63 goals against.
On the other side of the pitch, 21-year-old striker Jesus Ferreira scored five goals – one on Golden Boot pace – to give the United States men’s national team 23 goals and 17 assists in his career in MLS. The team’s youth attack also includes 22-year-old midfielder Paxton Pomykal and 19-year-old winger Alan Velasco, who was acquired in February for a record fee from Argentinian club Independiente.