Graham Zusi

United States Men's National Team

USMNT 1, Honduras 1: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Men's National Team wasn't very good on Tuesday. There's no secret to it. Tuesday's performance wasn't a good one, and the USMNT looked like they were well on their way towards being punished for it yet again.

Until they weren't, thanks to a Bobby Wood goal. Call it luck, call it timing, call it whatever you want.

Costa Rica 2, USMNT 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Let's start with the positives and just get that out of the way. Graham Zusi looked solid at right back. Michael Bradley had a good game in the central midfield. Jorge Villafana made some plays at left back.

Now that that's out of the way, we can discuss what really happened in the U.

Shorthanded USMNT defense doesn't pass test against Costa Rica

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Bruce Arena was forced into making some big decisions on Friday night. His starting right back, DeAndre Yedlin, didn't recover in time to join the U.S. Men's National Team squad. His starting centerback, John Brooks, will miss the remainder of qualifying with an injury of his own.

Knowing that, two changes were required in the USMNT backline.

Michael Bradley wins Golden Ball, six USMNT players in Gold Cup Best XI

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After winning Wednesday's tournament final, the U.S. Men's National Team earned plenty of honors in the 2017 Gold Cup.

Midfielder Michael Bradley took home the Golden Ball as tournament MVP. He was called into the group stage and played all 270 minutes of the knockout rounds.

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.

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.

Sporting Kansas City

Graham Zusi a welcome option at right back as USMNT prepare for big match against Costa Rica

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The U.S. Men's National Team may have been dealt defensive injuries before the international break opened, but ahead of their next World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Friday, the team remains unconcerned, especially at right back.

Graham Zusi, the Sporting Kansas City player who made a name for himself as a midfielder in MLS and spent his first several years with the national team in that role, now serves as a right back for club and country.

Match report: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union survived a middling performance thanks to a Roland Alberg penalty finish and some big saves by John McCarthy.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City

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The Union travel to Kansas City on Thursday to face what could be the league's best team in one of the league's toughest venues. PSP's Dan Walsh previews the match.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

United States

USA vs. Jamaica Gold Cup 2017: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT met expectations by getting this far, but their opponent is not who they thought they'd face

The 2017 Gold Cup final had an air of inevitability all along, but a tournament low on good games finally offered up some quality and a surprise in the semifinal round. There, while the United States met their goal by seeing off Costa Rica, Jamaica shocked Mexico via a late Kemar Lawrence free kick goal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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. 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.

FIFA

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.

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.

Costa Rica

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.

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 .

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.

Union bits, more news

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

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!

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Jurgen gonna Jurgen, for one thing.