Zusi vs. Red Bulls
Kory Brinton

Graham Zusi and Jimmy Nielsen finish regular season as MLS assist and shutout leaders

Along with the team's impressive 18-7-9 regular season record, it's been a great season for MLS leaders Graham Zusi and Jimmy Nielsen.

Zusi finishes the regular season with a league leading 15 assists, one above Landon Donovan, and more than double his 2011 season. Nielsen finishes with 15 shutouts through 34 matches which is three more then second place Nick Rimando.

Zusi's five goals and 15 assists meant he was a contributor for nearly half of Sporting KC's 42 goals. The midfielder was selected to the 2012 MLS All-Star team and recently has excelled during call-ups to the US Men's National Team.

Nielsen's 2012 regular season is arguably one of the best ever for a goalkeeper. A 0.79 goals against average is fifth all time in MLS and the 15 shutouts is second all-time to Tony Meola, who had 16 shutouts in 2000 for KC. Nielsen has won six Save of the Week awards including back-to-back in Week 31 and Week 32.

Both players were recently named Co-MVPs when the 2012 Team Awards were announced.

MLS Assist Leaders

Player Assists
Graham Zusi 15
Landon Donovan 14
Mauro Rosales 13
Marvin Chavez 13
Brad Davis 12

MLS Shutout Leaders

Players Shutouts
Jimmy Nielsen 15
Nick Rimando 12
Tally Hall 12
Josh Saunders 9
Andy Gruenebaum 8

 

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