Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City has been voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week.
Zusi, a midfielder, scored the opening goal in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Colorado before providing the game-tying and game-winning assists in the come-from-behind road victory.
The 27-year-old put Sporting KC ahead 1-0 in the 50th minute, beginning the scoring sequence by winning the ball inside the defensive half and outracing Rapids defender Marvell Wynne over the course of a 60-yard run for a first-time finish inside the six-yard box.
Zusi has 18 career goals in MLS competition and Sporting KC improved to 14-0-1 when he scores in the regular season.
Zusi has 33 assists in his MLS regular season career, fourth most in club history, and his 0.34 assists per 90 regular season minutes played ranks second best among Sporting KC players all-time.
Since the start of the 2011 season, Zusi is one of only two MLS players with at least 30 assists and 15 goals along with Houston Dynamo captain Brad Davis.
On Sunday, Zusi joined the U.S. Men’s National Team along with Sporting KC captain Matt Besler ahead of Wednesday’s international friendly against Mexico.
The Kansas City T-Bones have announced the signings of pitchers Daniel Barone and Zach Fowler for the 2014 season. Barone, 30, is a 6-foot-2 and 185-pound right-hander from Hollister, Calif. The Florida Marlins selected Barone in the 11th round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft out of Sonoma State University.
After spending the better part of four seasons in the Marlins’ minor-league system, Barone appeared in 16 games at the major-league level in August and September of 2007. During that span he went 1-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 41 innings. Barone, who has not pitched professionally since 2009, is 29-30 with three saves and a 4.25 ERA in six minor-league seasons, in the Florida and Oakland systems.
“Danny should be a top-of-the-rotation starter for us who’ll give us a chance to win whenever he’s out there,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli.
Fowler, 25, is 6-foot-4 and 205-pound left-hander from Texarkana, Texas. After playing collegiately at Texas Tech, the Baltimore Orioles selected Fowler in the 34th round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. Fowler, who reached triple-A in 2012, is 7-6 with six saves, 132 strikeouts, 53 walks and a 2.94 ERA in three professional seasons.
“Zach should be a nice addition to our bullpen,” Massarelli said.
Additionally, the T-Bones placed pitcher Ethan Cole on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Cole went 0-8 with one save and a 6.30 ERA in 39 games for Kansas City in 2013.
The T-Bones open the 2014 regular season at home in Kansas City, Kan., on May 15 against Lincoln.