The Full 90

After first goal of season, Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi named to MLS team of the week

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi took a shot against Columbus Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark during the first half of Sunday’s game.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi took a shot against Columbus Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark during the first half of Sunday’s game. jledford@kcstar.com

In his first match back at Children’s Mercy Park in six weeks, Sporting Kansas City winger Graham Zusi had his most productive outing of the season.

In a 3-2 win against Columbus on Sunday, he scored his first goal of 2016 and unleashed four shots — one of which hit the crossbar and two of which required a save.

On Tuesday, Zusi was rewarded with Major League Soccer team of the week honors.

“He played great. I think you could tell from the opening whistle that he was aggressive (with) the way that he was taking people on,” Sporting KC teammate Matt Besler said. “When he had a yard of space, he was unleashing his shot. The goalkeeper made a couple of nice saves on him. But I’m glad he was able to make that last run and get the goal because he deserved it.”

Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer made the team last week, and Benny Feilhaber and Saad Abdul-Salaam received the honor the week before.

Sporting KC, 7-8-4, is unbeaten over its past four league matches. It will play host to New York City FC at 7 p.m. Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park.

  Comments