Graham Zusi's 63rd-minute strike proved decisive at Livestrong Park as Sporting showed no ill-effects from their hard-fought US Open Cup triumph, when they beat the Seattle Sounders on penalties, three days ago.
Zusi had earlier provided the assist for Teal Bunbury's opener, only for Nick DeLeon to restore parity midway through the first half. Elsewhere, Western Conference-leading
Simon Dawkins' 71st-minute strike looked to have been enough to win it for the
However, within a minute, Steven Lenhart restored
Brazilian Camilo capitalised after Will Johnson's attempted clearance had fallen kindly to him in the 58th minute and then turned provider for Richards to curl home the second six minutes later. Nat Borchers' stoppage-time header halved the deficit but it was too little, too late.
Finally, FC Dallas overcame an early deficit to sink the
Jeff Larentowitcz pulled a goal back for the visitors after 54 minutes, but an equaliser was not forthcoming. Their cause was hindered by the 72nd-minute dismissal of Castrillon for kicking out at