By CALEB SONNELAND
In one of the more eye-catching results of the weekend, Sporting Kansas City thumped FC Dallas 4-1 at Pizza Hut Park on Sunday evening, ending the hosts' nine-game unbeaten streak.
Away from home, without its DP and eventually reduced to 10 men, Sporting put together one of the more impressive displays of the season in a game with a handful of equally impressive goals.
After Vancouver's Eric Hassli put his name in the hat for Goal of the Season last night against Seattle, Graham Zusi and Brek Shea may have entered the competition as well with some fine displays of power and skill.
Zusi registered a brace with a goal on either side of halftime, the second of which the 24 year old blasted a free kick past an unsuspecting Kevin Hartman from about 50 yards away from goal in the 55th minute to give KC a 3-1 lead.
FC Dallas playmaker Shea also registered a phenomenal individual run as he carved open the Sporting defense to level the score before halftime. Shea skipped past four Kansas City players before slotting the ball under a helpless Eric Kronberg to cap off the run.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half as Zusi cut in on the left side and put a powerful shot into the far side netting of the Dallas goal for his first of the season.
The recently acquired French defender Aurelien Collin notched his first goal for the club as he poked home a cross from CJ Sapong following a Sporting corner just three minutes after the halftime whistle.
The rout was completed in the 78th minute by Luke Sassano after some slick passing from SKC slipped him in behind the Dallas back line to chip over an on-rushing Hartman.
The result is even more impressive for the visitors when you consider that they were without Omar Bravo, Teal Bunbury started on the bench and Milos Stojcev was sent off in the 56th minute after getting his second yellow card.
But Kansas City closed the game out in style and FC Dallas could get little going offensively for one of the few times this season. The Texans controlled 65% of possession but couldn't make Sporting pay as the visitors walked away with all three points and a massive boost in confidence.
What did you think of the Shea and Zusi goals? Goal of the Season candidates? Does Vermes keep this winning formula for the next game?
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