FRISCO, Texas — FC Dallas put on a complete performance from start to finish with a 6-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Decision Day, booking a place into 2019 MLS playoffs.
It was a day that began with uncertainty for Dallas, who knew that a win against an already-eliminated SKC team would secure its spot in the Western Conference playoffs. After Sunday’s other results, FC Dallas took the seventh and final playoff spot in the standings.
The goals started early for Dallas, as midfielder Byran Acosta played a ball deep in his own half and found forward Zdenek Ondrasek breaking free of defenders. Ondrasek took two touches before slotting the attempt past SKC keeper Eric Dick to give Dallas the lead.
“From the beginning of the game, the ball goes over the top and Cobra makes a great run and anticipates the last line,” Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said. “Cobra is not a wing-type profile athletically in terms of speed but he’s smart. He showed good technique and timing and he’s a reference between the center backs and he did that in open space. I thought he showed something that was unpredictable. He’s a target in the box and he actually opened them up with runs in behind.”
The result looked in-hand in the second half, where Dallas continued its dominant performance by adding five more goals.
“We went out to start strong and we carried it on throughout the game,” midfielder Brandon Servania said. “Obviously, six goals is big. We haven’t been scoring too many goals lately and that was huge. Being able to get the shutout was also huge so, good game from everyone and glad to be in the playoffs. Now, we have to go to Seattle and focus on Seattle.”
Oct 6, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas forward Zdenek Ondrasek (13) scores a goal against Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Dick (18) during the first half at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
It’s a momentous moment for the youngest team in Major League Soccer, accompanied by the youngest coach in the league. The team will have the week off before flying to Seattle to take on the Sounders in the second seed vs seventh seed matchup.
“One of our goals is to win MLS Cup, so that’s the first step, to qualify for playoffs,” Servania said. “We were able to do that and we’re looking forward to the next step.”
“It was one of our team goals at the beginning of the season,” Gonzalez said. “We just entered the playoffs. It feels good but tonight we can either be content or happy to be in the playoffs or we can be hungry for more. We have the opportunity to gain momentum and to do something about that and gain more.”
Dallas scored three minutes later off a corner-kick as Santiago Mosquera squared the ball across the goal and found a waiting Matt Hedges waiting, who pounced and fired into open net to give the team a 2-0 lead.
The scoring continued in the second half, as Mosquera added a goal to his best performance of 2019. Michael Barrios intercepted a pass and found Mosquera, who took an effort that hit Jaylin Lindsey and went in.
Three minutes later in the 54th minute, Barrios capitalized on a perfectly weighted ball from midfielder Jesus Ferreira. Barrios was isolated on the wing and beat Dick near post to push the lead to 4-0.
In the 68th minute, Ondrasek added another goal to his tally from a Reggie Cannon cross. Cannon’s cross took the slightest of touches off Ondrasek and snuck past Dick to give the team a 5-0 lead.
Ferreira scored a goal of his own off a rocket of an attempt, smashing it into the net and ending the 6-0 rout.
FC Dallas awaits a date with the Seattle Sounders in the first round of the 2019 MLS playoffs on Oct. 19 or 20.