Sporting KC falls 3-1 on road at Dallas

Sporting Kansas City suffered its first loss of 2015 in a 3-1 defeat at FC Dallas on Saturday.

Panama international Blas Perez scored twice for Dallas at Toyota Stadium, giving him eight goals in his last eight regular season games, while Roger Espinoza struck for Sporting Kansas City’s only tally.

The two sides exchanged early scoring chances in back-to-back minutes of the Western Conference match-up, which Sporting KC played without captain Matt Besler, who was serving a one-game suspension.

Rookie right back Amadou Dia beat two defenders along the endline before having his shot stopped by FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz from close range in the sixth minute. On the opposite end of the field, Fabian Castillo showcased a dribbling display of his own only to be turned away by Chilean goalkeeper Luis Marin.

Perez opened the scoring in the 17th minute, starting the play with a flick forward at midfield then sprinting into the penalty area to receive a pass from reigning Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele. Perez made no mistake with a first-time finish inside the near post for his second goal in as many games after scoring a stoppage-time game winner in his team’s 1-0 season-opening victory last week.

Sporting Kansas City came close to equalizing in the 27th minute when Graham Zusi’s corner kick connected with Week 1 goal scorer Ike Opara. The centerback re-directed the service toward the target but his right-footed attempt rolled wide of the post.

The game-tying goal came in the aftermath of a Zusi corner kick, initially cleared from danger but ultimately buried into the back of the net on a 20-yard strike from Espinoza in the 44th minute. The Honduran received a pass from fellow World Cup veteran Benny Feilhaber and took two touches into space prior to unleashing a left-footed effort for his third career MLS goal and first since 2011.

Espinoza celebrated in front of more than 800 traveling Sporting KC supporters who made the eight-hour drive from Kansas City for Saturday’s away match.

It was another Espinoza run through the midfield that nearly gave Sporting Kansas City the lead in the 47th minute. He weaving his way through 35 yards in the attacking half and picked out Krisztian Nemeth at the edge of the penalty area. The Hungarian striker cut inside to set up a right-footed shot that missed the near post by a narrow margin.

FC Dallas, which is now 12-1-2 in its past 15 home games across all competitions, seized control of the match with a controversial game-winning goal in the 52nd minute. Michel’s corner kick was sent back to the Brazilian, whose second service into the penalty area found Perez in an offside position. However, no whistle came and Perez calmly chested the ball down for a simple finish from five yards out.

Sporting Kansas City threatened to pull level again in the 69th minute when Zusi split two defenders with a clever pass for Paulo Nagamura on the right side of the penalty area. Nagamura sent a tantalizing cross into the path of Dom Dwyer, whose sliding shot was saved by Seitz.

Castillo, a 10-goal scorer a year ago, then put the game out of reach with his goal in the 73rd minute. Michel earned another assist, threading a pass forward for second-half substitute Ryan Hollingshead who played the ball into the path of Castillo to cap the counter attack with a touch around Marin and emphatic finish into the empty net.

Tied with Feilhaber for the League lead in assists, Michel was inches away from putting an exclamation point on his two-assist performance only to see his free kick rattle the crossbar in the 76th minute.

Down two goals, Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes inserted 2015 acquisition Bernardo Anor with 15 minutes to play. The move paid dividends two minutes later when the Venezuelan was fouled inside the penalty area while challenging to get on the end of a free kick from Zusi.

Dwyer stepped to the penalty spot – where he was successful in seven of his eight attempts last year – however Seitz extended powerfully to his right to make the stop. Seitz has now conceded only six of the 10 penalties he has faced in his MLS career, including none of the past three over the last four seasons.

Sporting Kansas City will now return home to play host to the Portland Timbers at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. A limited number of tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com while supplies last and the match will be shown live on SKCTV with pregame coverage starting at 7 p.m.

– Story from Sporting KC

Perfect weather for opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake

Fishing was a father and son event for some today at the opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. The three children in front are Jayvius Smith, T.J. Williams and Jameer Smith, and the adults are Andre Porter, left, and Jelani Smith (in the blue Jayhawks jacket). All are from Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Fishing was a family or father and son event for some today at the opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. The three children in front, who caught catfish and trout, are Jayvius Smith, T.J. Williams and Jameer Smith, and the adults are Andre Porter, left, and Jelani Smith (in the blue Jayhawks jacket). All are from Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert
Sunshine and mid-60s temperatures. Who could ask for anything more for the opening day of fishing season at Wyandotte County Lake?

There was more, however, as anglers reported good fishing today. Several caught their limit and had already headed home at midday, according to other fishermen at the lake on Saturday afternoon, March 14.

The opening day of fishing, originally scheduled March 7, had been delayed one week because of ice on the lake. There was no sign of ice March 14 as temperatures were in the 70s earlier this week.

Chuck Abbott, Kansas City, Kan., caught a couple of catfish at opening day at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)
Chuck Abbott, Kansas City, Kan., caught a couple of catfish at opening day at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Michael Mallard, Kansas City, Kan., was at Wyandotte County Lake for opening day of fishing, something he enjoys going to when he can. He caught two catfish. He was with his high school friend. (Staff photo)
Michael Mallard, Kansas City, Kan., was at Wyandotte County Lake for opening day of fishing, something he enjoys going to when he can. He caught two catfish. He was with his high school friend. (Staff photo)

David Vang, Kansas City, Kan., caught trout at opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)
David Vang, Kansas City, Kan., caught trout at opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Tou Vang, Kansas City, Kan., was catching trout at opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)
Tou Vang, Kansas City, Kan., was catching trout at opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Tommy Wilson, Kansas City, Kan., displayed a rainbow trout he caught on opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. He said he enjoys fishing at the lake. (Staff photo)
Tommy Wilson, Kansas City, Kan., displayed a rainbow trout he caught on opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. He said he enjoys fishing at the lake. (Staff photo)

A scene on Saturday, March 14,  at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A scene on Saturday, March 14, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

A scene on Saturday, March 14, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A scene on Saturday, March 14, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Faith news

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A traditional corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick’s Day dinner will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 14 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Davern Hall, 3024 N. 53rd St. There will be traditional Irish music at the dinner. The cost of the dinner is $9 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. A hot dog or mac and cheese will be available for $3.

A weekly Scripture Group with Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Heather Neds is a pastoral minister and leads the group at Keeler Women’s Center. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Living Water United Methodist Church, 3001 N. 115th St., will hold its annual community Easter event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4. There will be an Easter egg hunt, carnival games, food and more. The event is free to the community, and all are welcome. For more information, visit livingwaterumc.net or call 913-400-7203.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, is holding choir rehearsals from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays in preparation for the cantata, “We Will Remember,” that will be presented April 12, the Sunday after Easter.

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer on Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Annunciation Chapel in the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. (The prayer session has been moved to the second Thursday due to Holy Thursday observance the first week of April.) Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. For more information, visit www.marillaccenter.org or call 913-680-2342.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th, is holding fish dinners on Fridays during Lent. The dinners will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. There will be fish and fried shrimp for $9, or boiled shrimp for $10, along with fries, slaw, roll, green beans and drink, or an alternate choice of macaroni and cheese. There is a family price for two adults and two or more children under 12 for $25.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will observe the Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 20; a light meal will be served after the service in the parish hall. The parish will observe the fifth Sunday in Lent at its 10 a.m. service March 22; there will be Lenten study sessions at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. There will be a Spanish language service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., is holding a weekly Easter study at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church lounge. Stony Point is holding a Family Party at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in the Cole Activity Center. The event includes games, devotions, families sharing vision, and refreshments.

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