With just two points in their last three matches, the season of FC Dallas hung in the balance as they found themselves down 2-0 at home to Sporting KC.
They’d conceded a penalty – converted by Kei Kamara – and then an own goal from Je-Vaughn Watson.
Then, striker CJ Sapong was sent off for kicking a soccer ball at a prone Andrew Jacobson – a bit of a soft sending off – and the hosts found their opening.
Dallas got two goals in the final three minutes from Jacobson and rookie Walker Zimmerman as they salvaged a point and kept themselves near the top of the Western Conference table, and remain undefeated at home on the season.
The red hurt, and many could argue it should only have been yellow as David Beckham saw years ago for kicking the ball at Sam Cronin. However, with the referee standing right there, it was still a massive lapse in judgement by Sapong.
A loss would have opened the door for both Real Salt Lake and Portland to pull away at the top, with Dallas set to take on the up and down Philadelphia Union.
It’s the first red card for Sapong in his MLS career, and a real chance goes wasted for Sporting KC who could have drawn with New York Red Bulls for second in the Eastern Conference. Instead, it’s Houston who hold Toronto to a scoreless draw to even up with KC on points.
It’s been a tough go for the for the 24-year-old striker this year. After 9 goals last year, Sapong has just one score this season in 13 matches – a garbage-time goal in their 4-0 thrashing of Chivas USA.