FC Dallas clips Kansas City, 1-0
Despite a season-high seven saves by goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, the Kansas City Wizards dropped a 1-0 decision to FC Dallas on Saturday in Frisco, Tex.
The lone goal came on a penalty kick by David Ferreira in the 58th minute.
Neilsen's effort nearly helped Kansas City emerge with a draw. He was particularly solid in the first half when he made five saves.
Nielsen’s first save came in the 12th minute when he tipped a low, hard free kick off the foot of Daniel Hernandez past the post. Then in the 15th minute, Nielsen made a near-post save off a hard shot from Atiba Harris.
Nielsen made a pair of stops in the 29th minute, first stoning Harris from 19 yards, then blocking a close-range Ferreira effort with a beautiful kick save.
The Wizards finally found a rhythm in the second half. Striker Josh Wolff made a long run behind the defense in the 46th minute and was pulled down in the penalty area, but no penalty kick was awarded. Then, in the 51st minute, Wolff sent a pass over two defenders to Chance Myers, but Myers' shot sailed wide of the back post.
Dallas took the lead in the 58th minute. Ferreira drew a penalty drew contact in the area and earned his PK. On the penalty, Ferreira slotted the ball inside the right post as Nielsen dove the opposite direction.
Kansas City continued attacking, and Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman stoned a Jack Jewsbury shot from 15 yards out in the 68th minute. Hartman made two more saves in quick succession, first stopping a close-range effort from Graham Zusi in the 72nd minute and then keeping out a deflected free kick in the 73rd that Zusi played into the area.
The Wizards seemed to have a penalty shout in second-half stoppage time after a Zusi free kick found newly acquired defender Shavar Thomas at the back post. Thomas could not convert, however, as his jersey was pulled from behind.
The loss dropped Kansas City to 3-7-3 this season as the offense has continued to sputter. It's the 10th time in 13 games the Wizards have allowed the first goal.
Kansas City returns home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10, to play Chivas USA.