Graham Zusi is really making a name for himself this season. He's been the MLS Player of the Month (in June), he was the MLS Player of the Week this week and, now, he's bagged the Goal of the Week.
His from-distance strike against Portland last week beat out four other nominees to win the award. On the season, Zusi has five goals and four assists.
It's the second Goal of the Week for Sporting KC, after Kei Kamara took hom the award in July for his scissor-kick goal against New England.
Go ahead, watch Zusi's goal again.
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Speaking of scoring goals...
• Kamara's goal against DC United last Sunday was Sporting's 36th goal on the year. The squad scored 36 goals all of last season. I went back and looked at all of the goals this year in league play to see if any trends emerged.
1st-15th minute: 3
16th-30th minute: 7
31st-45th minute: 10
46th-60th minute: 4
61st-75th minute: 8
76th-90th minute: 4
1. Sporting gets stronger as the first half moves along, with double-digit goals coming in the last 15 minutes of the half. This includes two stoppage time goals as well.
2. Scoring is pretty evenly distributed, with 20 goals in the first half and 16 in the second.
3. Of the four goals scored in the last 15 minutes, three were last-minute game-tying goals. The only other goal scored in this period was Luke Sassano's chipped goal in the 78th minute against FC Dallas in June.
• What about goals conceded? Well, if you look at the same time periods, this is when KC concedes:
1st-15th minute: 4
16th-30th minute: 2
31st-45th minute: 7
46th-60th minute: 4
61st-75th minute: 5
76th-90th minute: 9
1. Sporting KC have been outscored in only two periods -- the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes. Peter Vermes' squad tends to dominate the rest of the game.
2. Four of the 9 goals allowed in the last 15 minutes have come in the 90th minute or later. Those four goals were scored by two teams, Vancouver and Seattle.