By Will Martin
On what was officially the first full day of summer (and under a raging full moon where crazy can happen) the history keepers of FC Dallas soccer would have a fun time.
Trying to decipher if indeed the finish to tonight’s home matchup with Sporting KC featured the two fastest goals ever after a 2-0 deficit.
2013 at home for the team led by Schellas Hyndman has been good. Very good in fact. Undefeated at home with a 7-0-1 record and a scoring advantage of 13-4.
This night they would take on a well rested (three weeks) team from Missouri (6-5-4) under cloudy skies, a 20 mile per hour breeze, and a 94 degree temperature on the field.
Their first home game since May 25th began rather sluggishly. Sporting KC goalie/captain Jimmy Nielsen would get tested early and late. In the 11th and 13th minute shots by Michel and Kenny Cooper were either deflected over the goal or hit the post.
The match was played before 16,361 fans and remained scoreless until the 43rd minute when Kei Kamara would launch a penalty kick past Raul Fernandez for an early 1-0 lead. Prior to the penalty kick an apparent goal was waved off due to a handball call on Andrew Jacobson.
Sporting KC would increase their lead to 2-0 in the 57th minute when Je-Vaughn Watson allowed an own goal that ricocheted past an outstretched Raul Fernandez. It was beginning to look as if team Schellas Hyndman was about to experience their first loss of 2013 on the first day of the new season.
Things began getting chippy on the field 11 minutes later as KC player C.J. Sapong was awarded a red card for fighting. This gave FC Dallas a 1 man advantage for the duration of the game and when opportunity knocked it was fast and furious. Under a full moon, no less.
Twinbill or doubleheader is a term rarely used in baseball these days. The term applies this night as to the manner in which FCDallas got on the board and then tied things up in the 88th and 90th minute. Andrew Jacobson would connect on a header to cut the deficit in half.
Before anyone could start preparing the send the deadline reports online a rewrite was to be needed as Walker Zimmerman would knock in a header of his own in the 90th minute to forge a 2-2 tie and to send 16,361 fans home happy if not dazed. Having been asked a few times now if these two goals were the fastest ever scored by FC Dallas in their history. FC Dallas now 8-3-5 while Sporting KC falls to 6-5-5.
Wednesday night USA Gold Cup play continues here in Frisco as the Portland Timbers return for an 8pm match on June 26th. One month ago both teams played to a 1-1 tie. FC Dallas’ next regular season home game will be on July 4th against Chivas USA.