Jurgen Klinsmann today announced his camp roster ahead of a 5 game stretch for the US Men's national team that includes 3 World Cup qualifiers. Sporting KC will be represented in camp by two players, defender Matt Besler and midfielder/forward Graham Zusi. The camp kicks off on Sunday the 26th, but both Besler and Zusi will be a day late.
MLS' disciplinary committee came out today with suspensions and fines from this past weekend's game ahead of tomorrow's slate of games. Unfortunately for Sporting KC, they'll be without Paulo Nagamura now for tomorrow's game against the Seattle Sounders. Nagamura was retroactively suspended for stepping on Edgar Mejia's fingers in the 52nd minute of Sporting's 4-0 win on Sunday.
Week 10 in Major League Soccer proved to be a tough week to figure out who would be the top player. But after Sunday's 4-0 smashing of Chivas USA by Sporting KC, one player managed to stand out for 10 of the 27 voters, including myself.
Graham Zusi took home the Player of the Week award for Week 10.
Sporting Kansas City was in a brief slump, having lost two straight games, but they returned to their top form on Saturday in a 4-0 thumping of Chivas USA. A performance orchestrated by the skillful exploits of Graham Zusi.
Sporting KC cruised to victory on Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park against Chivas USA thanks in part to a red card to Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in the second half. In the first half, Kansas City controlled possession and created quite a few chances that they couldn't finish. In the 18th, Graham Zusi received a cross field ball in the corner, settled it and fired a drive into the middle of the box that just missed a sliding Jacob Peterson that would have made it 1-0.
The Portland Timbers head out for another road match this weekend when they visit Sporting Park for a date with Sporting Kansas City. Because of the unbalanced schedule, the teams have only met three times in regular season MLS matches, but the 2012 match in Portland was memorable for many reasons.
Sporting KC's undefeated run and shutout streak ended in grand fashion for KC last night in Los Angeles against the LA Galaxy. Two counter attacking goals by the Galaxy were enough to send KC home from their coast to coast road trip with a 2-0 loss to the defender champs.
KC came out and started the same 11 that took the field three days earlier against the New York Red Bulls.
Sporting Kansas City took care of business on Wednesday night in New York as they defeated the Red Bulls 1-0 at Red Bull Arena to start their cross country road trip. An early Aurelien Collin goal off a Graham Zusi corner kick was all KC needed as they held off the Red Bulls.
Sporting Kansas City had some early success going forward against New York and could have been up in the 9th minute as a failed clearance deflected off a Red Bulls defender into the path of CJ Sapong who turned in on goal, but before he could get a shot off, Jamison Olave made a nice sliding challenge conceding the corner but stopping the chance.
On a night when returning U.S. Men's National team standouts Graham Zusi and Matt Besler turned in outstanding showings just days after playing key parts in the U.S. team's tie vs. Mexico, it might have been easy to overlook the impressive night of their World Cup veteran teammate.
Last night was the Sporting Kansas City team that people had hoped to see from the start of the season. There was possession, the attack flowed, and there were plenty of chances. And in the end KC got the result they deserved, handing the Montreal Impact their first loss of the season and ending their own goalless drought while keeping their shutout streak going.
After 4 weeks, the New England Revolution will finally open their home account this afternoon against Eastern Conference rivals Sporting Kansas CIty. While the Revs are missing a pivotal cog in Jerry Bengtson who is on duty with the Honduras national team, KC is also missing some important players in midfielder Graham Zusi and defender Matt Besler, who are both with the United States national team for their World Cup Qualifying games against Costa Rica and Mexico.
MLS unveiled Overlap Magazine, a digital app available through the itunes store that offers featured and essays about the league, its players and more. The league promoted the app through direct e-mail, Twitter and other online sources in an effort to capture its tech savvy fan base. Per the official description "OVERLAP is a digital magazine about North American soccer, with original writing, photography, illustration and audio from the editors of MLSsoccer.
Jurgen Klinsmann today announced his roster ahead of two key World Cup qualifiers, starting on Friday in Colorado against Costa Rica. Sporting Kansas City will be represented by two players on the roster for the game, defender Matt Besler, and midfielder Graham Zusi both return to the national team.
With U.S. MNT training camp starting in a little more than a week, all eyes are on the players in the pool vying for spots for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. With loads of games being shown this weekend, you can see for yourself ...
Sporting Kansas City defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-1 in their 2013 season opener on Saturday afternoon at PPL Park. Midfielder Graham Zusi played a part in all three goals, scoring in the 41st minute and adding assists on both second-half goals as Oriol Rosell scored the match-winner in the 66th minute and Claudio Bieler scored on his debut in the 83rd minute.
The Philadelphia Union dominated the first 40 minutes of the 2013 MLS season opener on Saturday, but Sporting Kansas City roared back with a goal and two assists from Graham Zusi on the way to a 3-1 win at PPL [...]
It wasn't pretty, especially early, but Sporting Kansas City took care of business and won their 4th straight opening day game, and 4th straight on the road. Sporting KC pulled out a 3-1 win at PPL Park to open the 2013 season with a win.
From the start, Sporting looked shaky, especially in the back.
On the surface, a team playing two games in a week seems like a great time to double up on fantasy points, but that didn't necessarily prove to be true this past week. Before we get into that, it's time to recognize DCU4Lifers SC, who catapulted to the top of the league with an 111 point week. Two Sporting Kansas City players led the way.
Our home team may have been off this week, but there's still a lot to get into in Fantasy Focus. First, we simultaneously recognize the overall and weekly leader, Stallions FC, who scored 94 points and rose to first place overall with a total of 682 points. Graham Zusi (SKC, $10.3M) captained the team and earned 28 points.
D.C. United were on bye this week, so this may be a little shorter than usual. Let's dive right into it by recognizing the week's highest scorer, Handsome Boys SC. Employing a 4-3-3, Handsome Boys scored 74 points and rose to 9th place in the league. Defender Aurilien Collin ($6.1M, SKC) was the leading scorer, putting up a captain-aided 18 points.
Week 2 appears not to have been as high scoring as Week 1. Bethlehem Steel F.C. was the high scorer of the round with 67 points, riding captain Graham Zusi's (SKC) 18 points, as well as 9 points from Amobi Okugo (PHI) and 8 from Bill Hamid. Bethlehem Steel's 145 point total is still not enough to claim first place overall, which is held by last week's point leader, Killer Angels, who have 149 points over the two weeks.
The US did something last night they've only done once before in Mexico City. Against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier, the US walked out of Azteca with a point thanks to a 0-0 draw last night. The US didn't put on the greatest performance offensively, but defensively the team was solid. Starting center backs Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez were making just their 2nd and 6th cap respectively and in arguably one of the toughest places to play in the world, looked World Class.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 23 players into training camp in Denver to prepare for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. The U.S. will face Costa Rica at sold-out Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22 at 8 p.m. MT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.
Article by William Schulz Week 1 Nine of the ten Eastern Conference teams were in action as Major League Soccer began its eighteenth season. Week one had it all, a come from behind victory, last gasp goals, goal fests, a crushing defeat, and wild draw. It's good to be back, isn't it?
MLS week one is in the books, and we're either patting ourselves on the back or cursing ourselves and sobbing gently in the corner. We begin with a nod to Killer Angels, whose 85 points set the B&RU pace, with the key move being making Graham Zusi the captain, and reaping the benefits with 28 points.
MLS Rivalry Week was a bit of a flop from an offensive standpoint, with just two games giving us more than two goals, two 0-0 draws, and a further four 1-1 draws. Still, the high scorer last week was eclipsed by this week's leader, Burnanator, who earned 76 points. Burnanator was led by Graham Zusi (SKC, 16 points as captain), Bill Hamid (10,) and Justin Morrow (SJ, 9.
The North American Soccer Reporters vote weekly during the MLS season to honor a player each week for their accomplishments, and for the 2013 season, I will be amongst the voting body for the award. While Diego Valeri got plenty of consideration for the award, I wanted to ask Timbers fans and MLS fans in the Portland area their thoughts if they had a vote to pick a MLS POTW for Week 1.