Graham Zusi gives Breakout KC escape room high marks

Making his customary appearance on Sports Radio 810 WHB with Border Patrol hosts Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John on Tuesday morning, Graham Zusi gave a particularly strong recommendation for everyone in Kansas City.

You have to visit Breakout KC in the River Market and try the new Matchday Mayhem escape room.

Matchday Mayhem, a Sporting-themed escape room located at the Breakout KC River Market location, was unveiled earlier this week and will open to the general public on Friday. Friends, families and groups can secure their booking for the room at BreakoutKC.com/book.

“I’ve had a blast at Breakout KC,” Zusi said. “I’ve done a few escape rooms in my days and Breakout KC was by far the best one I’ve done. They put a ton of attention to detail and all of their clues link up really well. It’s a lot of fun.

“Whether the people you go with are the best at it or not, there’s always someone who tries to take control. A lot of times they can steer the group in the completely wrong direction, so it’s funny to see that personality come out.”

In addition to talking up the new escape room, Zusi reflected on Friday’s entertaining home opener at Children’s Mercy Park as Sporting used a first-half goal from 18-year-old Gianluca Busio to grab a 1-1 draw against Orlando City SC. The result preserves Sporting’s unbeaten start to the campaign and puts them in a tie for second place in the early Western Conference standings.

“Watching from up top, it was a pretty evenly matched game,” said Zusi, who is slated for a return to action in May after overcoming a long-term foot injury. “I think Orlando is going to be a really good team this year. It was a competitive match from start to finish, but whether you deserve to win or not, we got the lead with a great goal by Busio and at that point—even if you’re not playing your best—you want to hang onto that at home. You have to find a way to get that win and unfortunately we didn’t, but we got a result and we look forward to Salt Lake this weekend.”

Zusi was specifically impressed with Sporting’s scoring play, which saw Daniel Salloi link up with his fellow Homegrown teammate to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage just before halftime.

“It was a good pressing moment from the guys,” Zusi said. “Orlando was a little lax in their buildup and Daniel jumped on their center back. He timed it perfectly, won the ball and found Busio, whose finish is very underrated. He collects the ball, pauses a second, freezes the defender and puts the ball back across his body with the goalkeeper out of position. To (find) the near post was a smart, smart finish.

“We’ve seen Busio do things beyond his years lately, and I guess you shouldn’t be too surprised by his goal.”

Sporting will now look ahead to Saturday’s road test against rivals Real Salt Lake, scheduled for 1 p.m. CT with live coverage on Bally Sports Kansas City Plus, Bally Sports Midwest Plus, BallySports.com, the Bally Sports app, ESPN 94.5 FM and La Grande 1340 AM. Sporting won both meetings versus RSL last season by 2-0 scorelines, prevailing in the MLS is Back Tournament and on Decision Day at Rio Tinto Stadium last November.

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