Sporting Kansas City’s 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday saw Diego Rubio and Gerso find the back of the net, but it was a pair of U.S. internationals who landed MLS Team of the Week honors for their comprehensive displays in a shutout effort.
Zusi was the unquestioned man of the match, contributing valuably on both sides of the ball in a historic individual performance. The right back became the first MLS player during the Opta era (2010-present) to record at least two assists, five chances created, 90-percent passing accuracy and two clearances in the same game. A full look at Zusi’s stat log paints a fair picture of just how good he was on Saturday.
- 2 assists (game-high)
- 7 chances created (game-high)
- 49 of 50 passes completed (98%)
- 7 crosses (game-high)
- 8 recoveries (team-high)
- 3 clearances
- 2 tackles
Besler, meanwhile, led all players with 74 passes completed and won five duels to go along with six recoveries and two clearances. The center back anchored a backline that limited FC Dallas to two shots on goal, their second-fewest in a match this season. Besler’s center back partner, Ike Opara, notably earned a spot on the Team of the Week bench.
Tied for first place in the Western Conference, Sporting Kansas City (10-5-10, 40 points) returns to the pitch this Saturday when they visit rivals Houston Dynamo (10-8-7, 37 points) at 8 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest Plus.