Zusi’s winner helps Sporting KC put a halt to Rapids unbeaten streak

Graham Zusi.

By IVES GALARCEP

It was going to take something special to put an end to the Colorado Rapids’ league-best nine-match unbeaten streak and Graham Zusi provided that something special with a game-winning goal worthy of any match.

The U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder left for his national team call-up in style, delivering a quality finish in the 88th minute to cap a stellar passing sequence and help Sporting KC post a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids.

Zusi latched onto a C.J. Sapong header pass and beat Clint Irwin with a low shot that secured the victory and moved Sporting KC into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Benny Feilhaber opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a beautiful long-range strike, but Edson Buddle answered in the second half with a 77th-minute equalizer.

The Rapids looked like they might escape Sporting Park with a point before Zusi’s beautiful finish.

Here are the match highlights:

 

What did you think of the match? Looking forward to seeing Zusi with the national team? Think Sporting KC will finish in first place in the East? Still have doubts about Colorado’s status as a serious contender?

Share your thoughts below.

This entry was posted in Featured, MLS- Colorado Rapids, MLS- Sporting Kansas City, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Zusi’s winner helps Sporting KC put a halt to Rapids unbeaten streak

  1. Hush says:

    That Benny goal, ..wow!

    • PD says:

      +1. More of that guy, please!

    • RB says:

      It was a great shot, but as I noted last night, a shame it was possible only because of Dwyer’s uncalled foul.

      • mack says:

        That was a close call. You make it sound as if dwyer pulled a de jong that led to the goal. It was a call that is probably only made half the time and 4 colorado defenders failed to close benny down with only one skc player making a run between him and goal. The blame can be spread around

        • RB says:

          Yeah, the blame can be spread around, including to the ref, who didn’t make the call. I never made it sound anything like a De Jong-style tackle or a particularly violent one, just that it was an uncalled foul. So as I say, it’s a shame when you find out that that great shot for a goal was only set up by something like that immediately prior to it.

      • mouf says:

        he beat the attacker to the ball, put his body in front of it

    • Jaquameni says:

      Reminded me a bit of his one against Mexico in the 2007 gold cup final

  2. Josh D says:

    Thank God for that video ad on this site that starts up by itself and doesn’t include an option for muting it or clicking out of it. Without it, I don’t know what I would do… Maybe hear the Sporting video I was really interested in..

  3. Peaton says:

    Feilhaber’s goal: not just a blast, but creatively struck. Is Benny back? Nice to see Buddle get a goal.