Graham Zusi

United States Men's National Team

Zusi replaces Johnson on USMNT roster

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One of the few players the U.S. Men's National Team could ill afford to lose ahead of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama is officially off the roster due to an injury.

Fabian Johnson, who was injured in Borussia Monchengladbach's UEFA Europa League match against Schalke on Thursday, was taken out of the 24-man squad on Friday with a hamstring injury.

The Right Stuff

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Now that we've kicked off a fresh Clipboard by tackling one position that used to be clear and has become foggy, let's move on to one that has turned from difficult to simple: right back.DeAndre YedlinEric LichajBrad EvansJust in case: Timothy ChandlerI'm not really sure why the Graham Zusi experiment was even necessary, seeing as how we have two England-based guys killin' it in club life.

Sporting Kansas City

D.C. United vs. Sporting KC 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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The 2017 MLS season kicks off tonight for the Black-and-Red

The 2017 MLS season kicked off last night in Portland, and for D.C. United it starts tonight against Sporting Kansas City. The Black-and-Red, in what will be their final season at RFK Stadium, open their schedule against a KC team that picked up one more point than them last season, and Peter Vermes always brings a tough, physical team to the District.

Sporting Select Colton Storm with 14th Pick

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Sporting KC made their lone selection of the first day of the 2017 MLS Superdraft, collecting UNC outside back, Colton Storm. Storm started all 21 games for UNC in his senior season this past year, recording three assists for the Tar Heels as they went 14-3-4. He scored two goals and had seven assists in his career.

Something Gives, But Not in KC's Favor

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A pair of teams with a combined 11 games winless meeting in a game, while a draw was a possibility, something had to give. Unfortunately for Kansas City that didn't give in their favor as they fell on the road to the Houston Dynamo 2-0 to end the Dynamo's six game winless streak, and extended Kansas City's to six, their longest since 2011.

Sporting End Losing Streak, but Can't Top 10 Man Vancouver

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Making four changes from the team that lost on the weekend against the San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City ended their three game losing streak getting a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place last night. Peter Vermes inserted Connor Hallisey, Diego Rubio, and Jimmy Medranda up top while Alec Kann replaced Tim Melia in net.

United States

Player ratings for USA’s victory against Jamaica in international friendly

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The United States ended its January camp on a high note, beating Jamaica 1-0 in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Bruce Arena's first win of his second spell in charge of the national team. Here are the player ratings.

Luis Robles, 6 – Wasn't called upon often in his 45 minutes, but made a good play on a hard cross after Zusi got turned late in the first half.

Player ratings for USA’s victory against Jamaica in international friendly

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The United States ended its January camp on a high note, beating Jamaica 1-0 in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Bruce Arena's first win of his second spell in charge of the national team. Here are the player ratings.

Luis Robles, 6 – Wasn't called upon often in his 45 minutes, but made a good play on a hard cross after Zusi got turned late in the first half.

Major Link Soccer: Allstar game hits the windy city

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The 2017 MLS Allstar game will be in Chicago, Maradona is going to Harvard, and Goals of the Week.

Seattle

The USL announced the 2017 schedule yesterday. S2 kicks off their 2017 season at home March 26th.

U.S. Soccer

Deadline day in Europe snagged one American.

United States-Argentina: Copa America Semifinal Lineups, Match Details

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This is not the lineup we were hoping for, but John Brooks and the US defense are ready for Argentina either way.

In the days leading up to today's semifinal, most of the talk was about Jurgen Klinsmann and his lineup for the United States. With three key players in Bobby Wood, Alejandro Bedoya and Jermaine Jones suspended, would the US head coach opt for youth or experience.

Let’s Watch Some Soccer: Day Who-Cares-It’s-USA-vs-Argentina

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The Euros are still grinding on as the group stages wrap up, but the main event today for most of us can only be one thing: the United States vs. Argentina in the semifinals of the Copa America.

With the greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi (Sorry, Christiano Ronoldo), on one side — plus some other pretty good players — and a depleted but organized USA on the other, tonight's match has all the makings of a slaughter.

Clint Dempsey nets 50th as USA rout Costa Rica at Copa America

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Chicago (AFP) Clint Dempsey scored his 50th international goal as the United States reignited their Copa America campaign to ease the pressure on coach Jurgen Klinsmann with a 4-0 win over Costa Rica.

The host nation, beaten by Group A rivals Colombia in the tournament opener on Friday, produced a devastating first half goal blitz onTuesday to sink their rivals from the CONCACAF region on a warm night at Soldier Field.

United States 4, Guatemala 0 - Dempsey, Cameron Put US Back On Track

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The United States didn't just need a win tonight in Columbus, Ohio. They needed a statement.

Four goals later the USA had dispatched Guatemala and retaken second place in Group C of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, silencing the questions about last Friday's loss for at least a day.

Clint Dempsey got the USMNT started in the in the 12th minute, after a long ball toward Gyasi Zardes fell to him at the top of the box.

Stats

Top League Scorers Through 2016

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Continuing my stat updating, here is Sporting KC's top scorers through the 2016 season. For prior years, see the links below.

1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015

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Landmark Goals

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Another set of stats to update, this time it is landmark goals. In 2016, Sporting KC hit two landmarks with Graham Zusi scoring Sporting's 900th league goal and Jacob Peterson scoring the 1,100th across all competitions for KC. Looking at the numbers I'm not sure that KC is going to hit any milestones this coming season though, the closest they are to any right now, is KC's league goals away from home, where they're currently 29 goals away.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Dom Dwyer's first goal was his 14th game winner for KC in all competitions, tying him with Preki for the most game winners for KC in all competitions.

It was his 11th game winner for KC in league playing, tying him with Kei Kamara and Josh Wolff for third all time on that list.

Dwyer's two goals gave him 29 in league play for KC at home in his career, breaking his tie with Davy Arnaud and Kamara for second on that list.

S.A.S. Wednesday After Stats

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Due to life issues I'll have no post game from last night's game, but here are some stats from last night.

Dom Dwyer's goal was his 40th league goal for KC, breaking his tie with Chris Klein for 4th on that list.

Roger Espinoza made his 155th appearance in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Seth Sinovic for 16th on that list.

Sunday After Stats

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Graham Zusi recorded his 46th league assist for Kansas City, breaking his tie with Chris Klein for 2nd all time on that list.

Zusi's assist also resulted in his 26th game winning assist in all competitions, passing Preki for the most all time in club history.

Zusi started his 142nd game in league play for KC, tying him with Mo Johnston and Jack Jewsbury for 8th all time on that list.

Matt Besler

Capped as Sporting KC Players

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Continuing to update my stats, here is this year's update of players capped while playing with Sporting Kansas City throughout the club's history. There's a new player at the top of the list for Sporting KC, as Graham Zusi became the most capped international while playing with Sporting KC, passing Josh Wolff.

Feilhaber and Zusi Called Up to US National Team

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Bruce Arena and US Soccer today announced the roster for this year's January camp that will culminate with friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica. Two Sporting KC players were named to Arena's squad, with Benny Feilhaber finally making his return to the international stage after being frozen out by Jurgen Klinsmann, and Graham Zusi being brought back in a new position at the international level.

S.A.S. Friday After Stats

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Matt Besler and Graham Zusi both moved past Peter Vermes and Mo Johnston and into 8th and 9th place for playoff minutes played for KC, Besler finished the game with 1,260 minutes played while Zusi finished with 1,259.

Besler and Zusi also made their 13th playoff appearance for KC, tying them with Peter Vermes for 10th all time on that list.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Matt Besler made his 200th league appearance for KC, he's the 7th player to hit that mark.

Besler also tied Chris Klein for 6th all time in league appearances with his 200th appearance.

Besler made his 230th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Preki for 4th all time on that list.

Sporting Clinch Playoff Spot

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Sporting Kansas City punched their ticket to the MLS Cup playoffs with a convincing 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Children's Mercy Park. With the way other results went today that slide them into the fifth seed and will now see them travel to Seattle on Thursday for a match up with the Seattle Sounders.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Graham Zusi's goal was the 900th league goal in Kansas City's history.

Zusi's goal was his 25th for KC in league play, he's the 10th player to hit that mark.

It was his 28th in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with CJ Sapong for 10th all time on that list.

Zusi's goal was his 15th at home in league play for KC, tying him with Digital Takawira for 9th all time on that list.

Sporting DPs Help KC to All Three Points

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In their first league game back from the Copa America Centenario, both Matt Besler and Graham Zusi made their presence felt for Kansas City as they picked up a 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew at Children's Mercy Park. It took both players until the second half to really take the game over, but when they did both players did well.

Besler and Zusi Called Up for Copa America

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Two of Sporting Kansas City's designated players are heading out on national team duty after tonight's game against Salt Lake. Matt Besler and Graham Zusi were called up by the US Men's National team for this summer's Copa America Centenario.

With MLS taking a break for much of the tournament, Besler and Zusi will only miss two games during the group stage.

Player Salaries Released

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The MLS Players' Union today came out with their yearly release of player salaries. For Sporting Kansas City their salaries went up by about $1 million from the 2015 season. Included in the raises were the likes of Tim Melia getting a decent pay bump, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza and Benny Feilhaber both getting $50,000.

Sunday of Stats

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Here are some stats from today's game between KC and San Jose.

When Matt Besler left the field in the 75th minute, he left having tied Chris Klein for minutes played in league play for KC. The pair are tied for 6th with 16,381 minutes played.

Besler started his 217th game in all competitions for KC, passing Klein for 6th place all time on that list.

Sporting KC Notebook: Feilhaber returns, Besler doubtful, and more

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After spending the first three weeks of the season out with a right abdominal strain, Benny Feilhaberwill be ready to return to the lineup for this weekend's match against Real Salt Lake.

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said the addition of Feilhaber will certainly help the team on Saturday, but what you see on the field won't change much.

Clint Dempsey

Union bits, US crushes Costa Rica, more news

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Union bits and bobs. US roars back from defeat to Colombia with 4-0 thrashing of Costa Rica. Gulati says no talks over US becoming permanent host to Copa America. More news.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Goals, goals, goals, goals, goals I do adore

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We take a look at all the news from last night's resounding 4-0 win for the USA over Costa Rica in the Copa America

This is my first foray in to the Freedom Kicks here at Black and Red United. I have the impossible task of replacing this man, who normally brings you the Freedom Kicks every Wednesday.

¡Con esencia Dempsey!

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ESTADOS UNIDOS APLASTÓ 4 0 A COSTA RICA EN CHICAGO. EL DELANTERO SOUNDERS CLINT DEMPSEY HIZO EL PRIMERO Y GENERÓ DOS MAS. El Clint DEMPSEY que poco ha lucido en los Seattle Sounders esta temporada se ha volcado a otra dimensión con la selección de Estados Unidos desde el viernes pasado contra Colombia y hoy al enfrentar a Costa Rica en busca de solo .

Some Soccer News for Mar 30, 2016

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It's Day 90 of 2016.


The USMNT got the job done in convincing fashion last night just in time to rid the sinking ship of all the excess water.

But the US Olympic team was not so lucky. Colombia was clearly motivated by not getting the job done in Leg 1, and demolished the U23 team.

The Rest

Player ratings for USA vs. Serbia international friendly

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At the back end of an unusually upbeat January camp, the first game of Bruce Arena's spell in charge of the US national team ended in a 0-0 draw against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The US plays again – their last match before a crucial March World Cup qualifier against Honduras – on Friday in Chattanooga against Jamaica.

Next Most Logical Rules Change for MLS

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USMNT's Graham Zusi, at World Cup 2014
The soccer world seems a little shaken up after last week's declaration by FIFA's Marco Van Basten, head of the Technical Development department, who said he is overseeing possible rules changes for offsides, amount of playing time, substitutions, how fouls are handled and deciding tie games.

Union bits, more news

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SuperDraft Rounds Three and Four today. NYRB trade Dax McCarty to Chicago. More news.

Three thoughts on the USMNT's much-needed Copa America win over Costa Rica

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Bad tactical choices, rethinking one player's worth, and a look ahead are all on our mind after last night's big result

After all the acrimony and hand-wringing, the United States bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Colombia in their Copa America Centenario opener by routing Costa Rica. The game was essentially decided as a contest when Oscar Duarte gave Bobby Wood carte blanche to face goal and fire past Patrick Pemberton in the 42nd minute, expanding the USMNT's lead to three, and Graham Zusi padded that lead with a late solo effort.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Jurgen gonna Jurgen

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But no Edgar Castillo on the USMNT roster, phew.

I'm writing this Freedom Kicks while trying to catch up on Game of Thrones, but I'll try to keep things from getting too dark here. To the links!

Puerto Rico vs. USA, 2016 Friendly: What We Learned - Stars and Stripes FC
Jurgen gonna Jurgen, for one thing.

Sporting KC Best XI - Midfielders

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The voting for the midfielders in Sporting KC's "Best XI" has finished up and with that done I'm taking a look at how I selected my team for the Best XI. The first thing I immediately noticed when going in to make my picks was the fact that after selecting three defenders, we were selecting five midfielders, setting up a Bob Gansler-esk 3-5-2 lineup for the Best XI team.

Major Link Soccer: US fails to qualify for Rio Olympics

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The ship was righted in Columbus as the full USMNT get a big win, but down in Texas the U-23's crash and burn..

U.S. Soccer

One ship was righted in Columbus, but the other went down in flames in Frisco. For US Soccer it was a confusing night to say the least. The full National Team put on a dominating performance against Guatemala while the U-23's lost their cool and their summer trip to Rio.