Sporting Kansas City earned three points against the Philadelphia Union in their season opener Saturday afternoon. The match featured Graham Zusi’s first goal and assist of the season as well as a goal for Claudio Bieler in his SKC debut. But which of Kansas City’s three goals were the best? Let’s find out.
3) Oriol Rosell’s Header From Graham Zusi
It is not often a go-ahead goal ranks as the least impressive goal but that’s just how impressive SKC was in this match. Oriol Rosell’s header off a free kick from Zusi was a thing of beauty. Rosell came in completely unmarked by Union and Zusi’s excellent entry with perfect timing. This goal seemed effortless.
2) Claudio Bieler Nets His First Goal With SKC
Sporting Kansas City is going to be very difficult to beat if they have found a true scoring center forward. Bieler’s goal was a back breaker after Union had been pressing hard looking for an equalizer. Zusi and Chance Myers had a lot to do with setting up the opportunity Bieler’s goal but the confidence and skill to make a cross-body strike and get the result was something SKC lacked last season. Bieler may end up being an incredible addition for Kansas City.
Zeus. This goal was responsible for winning the match. The whole momentum of the match changed with rocketed a perfectly placed strike into the back of the net and Kansas City dominated from there on out.
BONUS NIELSEN SAVE
I cannot mention three spectacular goals without also noting the great play of the man with the greatest last name in the world, Jimmy Nielsen. Nielsen was on top of his game, and this save best showed his form from Saturday.