Sporting Kansas City may be tied for the league lead in goals scored this season with 43, but you won't find a single Sporting player amongst the top 10 in the running for the Golden Boot Award.
That's because Kansas City -- thanks to a balanced attack and a few injuries -- has spread the goal-scoring wealth so far.
Twelve players have scored for KC: Kei Kamara (8), Omar Bravo (8), Teal Bunbury (7), Graham Zusi (5), CJ Sapong (4), Aurelien Collin (3), Julio Cesar (2), Luke Sassano (1), Matt Besler (1), Roger Espinoza (1), Ryan Smith (1) and Soony Saad (1).
Sporting aren't reliant on one person to bag all of their goals, which is quite a change from recent history. Furthermore, it's conceivable that, with six games to go, at least Kamara, Bravo and Bunbury could reach double digits in scoring.
Which would be pretty cool, since KC have just barely hadone
player with double-digit goals in five of the last six seasons.
Going back to 2005, only five KC players have knocked in double-digit goals in a single season: Kamara with 10 in '10, Josh Wolff with 11 in '09, Eddie Johnson with 15 in '07, Scott Sealy with 10 in '06 and Wolff with 10 in '05.
Also of note, four KC players have attempted more than 40 shots this year: Kamara (66), Sapong (47), Bravo (45) and Bunbury (43). How odd that those are four of the team's top five goal scorers. (Zusi, the other member of the top five, has attempted 37 shots).
Here are, as of right now, my five favorite goals for Sporting Kansas City this season (in order).#5: The Bunbury Goal the Camera Couldn't Find vs. Vancouver #4: Espinoza Splits the Defense vs. Real Salt Lake #3: Zusi-Kamara-Sapong vs. Houston
This is more because of how gorgeous the leading pass was from Graham Zusi. I also feel this is the best example of the way KC would like to score. It's almost Barcelona-esque.#2: Zusi's Rocket vs. Dallas #1: The Goal that Makes Kei Kamara, Kei Kamara vs. Toronto
Not many guys try this kick. But Kei does. Sure, he'll miss it like 90 percent of the time. But the one time he catches it right...