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Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth has scored two fantastic goals in his last two matches. Sporting Kansas City's Krisztian Nemeth has had a pretty good week. First scoring the goal in the second half of the US Open Cup to tie it up and send the match to over time and then penalties.
Then the tricky forward would deliver some much needed magic when a tired and hurting squad went to Portland looking for some points to maintain a playoff spot.

Nemeth gets his head up, understands the numbers are not in his favor but he doesn't care. He keeps going. The Hungarian, cutting this way and that, into the eighteen. Oh no! - Portland announcer

In Portland, manager Peter Vermes put out a lineup relying heavily on young and reserve type players. The Hungarian forward was on the bench but as the game was still scoreless, Vermes started to bring in some firepower. First Zusi at halftime and then Nemeth entered the match in the 73rd minute.

And now to Nemeth, can he hold something up for the players on his team to get forward?  Instead Nemeth, driving right at the heart of the defense, cutting his way back, around Borchers, here's Nemeth, Krisztian Nemeth and he finds the far post, an absolutely superhuman effort! - SKC announcer Nate Bukaty

Just ten minutes after subbing in, Nemeth created a special moment for Sporting KC. The play started innocently enough. Graham Zusi slid Nemeth the ball in the Sporting KC's half of the center circle. SKC's number 9 started driving toward the Portland end when the Timbers Diego Chara had the first chance to stop his run. A simple cut back to the right would leave Chara racing to get back in front of the ball.

"I say this with all due respect, he picked those guys apart, and the finish was fantastic. That was a fantastic finish." - Vermes in the post-game conference call

As Chara came back in front of the ball, this time Nemeth cut back to the left and Chara spun and rolled over backwards. With Chara doing tumbling, Nat Borchers was the next obstacle but a simple move to the right left an already off balance Borchers on his hands and knees.

"Credit to [Krisztian] Nemeth he pulls off a play, couple guys slip, but you leave the game again going 'how does that happen?' How does that guy pull off a play and score out of nothing?" - Timbers manager Caleb Porter

Defender Liam Ridgewell had already seen his team mates on the ground and seemed determined to stay upright and force Nemeth to the outside. Nemeth took the opportunity to setup the shot and use Ridgewell as a bit of a screen.

"They won the game because Nemeth found a little bit of brilliance, and we didn't, it's that simple." - Caleb Porter

Goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey dropped as quickly as he could see the shot but the ball was already past him and about to tuck inside the back post before he could hit the ground.

"I thought we kept our composure.  I thought we had good concentration through the game and at the same time we knew there was going to be a point we were able to strike. I didn't know it was going to be as good as Krisztian [Nemeth] did but that was a fantastic goal." - Peter Vermes

Sporting Kansas City held on for the win and three points in Portland. While there have been some great goals in MLS this year, this run and goal has to at least be in consideration.

Open Cup hero also
Nemeth's goal in the US Open Cup final to level the score was also a work of art. Getting the ball in the box from Zusi and curling it back post was just what Sporting KC needed at the time.

Meanwhile, back in Hungary
Krisztian Nemeth has long been known in his native Hungary, he has 19 appearances for them and has played in the last three Euro qualifiers. Krisztian is back in Hungary to prepare for the last two qualifiers and is getting some attention at home for his play here. With these last two goals, the attention from home is understandable.

Krisztian Nemeth is making the front page of newspapers back in Hungary for what's he's doing in #MLS. #SportingKC
— Andy Edwards (@AndyEdMLS) October 5, 2015

Krisztian Nemeth isn't even in his final form, but his amazing goal is enough for Sporting KC to defeat Portland 1-0. BREAKING NEWS: Someone actually scored in a Sporting KC-Portland match.
That someone was Krisztian Nemeth, who put in a legitimate Goal of the Year candidate in the 83rd minute to give Sporting KC a narrow 1-0 victory in Portland. The win put them third in the Western Conference and fifth in the Supporters Shield race going into the other matches around the league on Sunday.
The first half was mostly in favor of the Timbers, who were on the front foot leading the attack for the first 45 minutes. Tim Melia was once again a big player in keeping Sporting Kansas City tied with the Timbers. The starting lineup, with a front three of Connor Hallisey, Jacob Peterson, and Bernardo Anor, was not filled with world beaters and it looked like Sporting were aiming for a road draw. After winning a cup final three days prior, this was an acceptable strategy.
However the back line and keeper needed to be solid in order to keep Portland off the board in this match and they did. In addition to Melia, Matt Besler and Kevin Ellis had one of their best games as a centerback pairing. The combined efforts of those men made it 0-0 going into the half.
The second half was more of the same except that Sporting KC was able to retrieve a little bit of attack back to their side with the substitutions of Graham Zusi and Krisztian Nemeth into the match. Erik Palmer-Brown would be the third sub, coming on for Kevin Ellis who left with a minor injury.
It took until the 83rd minute for someone to end the scoring drought, but Nemeth did it in spectacular fashion. Receiving the ball at midfield, Nemeth took the ball all the way down to the Portland box, broke several ankles and was suddenly in the box alone with the Timbers' keeper. Nemeth slid the ball into the net at the far post and gave Sporting KC the lead. This was his tenth goal of the year, and really needs to be seen to be believed.

From midfield. A zig. A zag. Another zig. Oh... wow, @KNemeth_Nemo. #PORvSKC
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 4, 2015

Graham Zusi was also given an assist on this play for some reason.
After surviving an onslaught in the closing minutes, Sporting KC finally held on for the victory and earned a surprising three points. They now have two weeks off for the international break and will play at San Jose on October 16.
Sporting Kansas City looks to avoid a US Open Cup hangover as they fly to Portland for an important Western Conference match.

The Teams

Sporting Kansas City
12-9-9, 3-8-4 on the road
45 points

5th in the West

Manager: Peter Vermes (7th season)

Portland Timbers

12-10-8, 7-2-6 at home

44 Points
6th in the West
Manager: Caleb Porter (3rd Season)
Other Info

#SportingKC's XI vs @TimbersFC: Melia; Abdul-Salaam, Ellis, Besler, Dia; Feilhaber, Lopez, Quintilla: Hallisey, Peterson, Añor. #PORvSKC
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) October 4, 2015

Timbers XI vs. SKC: Kwarasey, Powell, Borchers, Ridgewell (c), Villafana, Chara, Jewsbury, Nagbe, Valeri, Wallace, Adi #RCTID
— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) October 4, 2015

Date: Oct. 3, 2015

Gametime: 9:30 p.m. central


Location: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon

Sporting KC players Graham Zusi and Matt Besler will be on the roster for the United States as they face Mexico for the right to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup. Two Sporting KC men are headed to the Rose Bowl next Saturday for the biggest United States vs. Mexico matchup since the 2013 Gold Cup final.
Graham Zusi and Matt Besler have been named to the United States' roster for their one-game playoff against Mexico on Oct. 10. The winner will represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
Zusi last played for the United States during the Gold Cup and played in the third place match against Panama as a starter. Besler was called up for the United States' friendly with Peru in early September and entered as a substitute in the 62nd minute.
With MLS actually following the MLS international break this time around, Besler and Zusi will not miss any Sporting Kansas City matches. They are the third and fourth players from Sporting Kansas City to be called up recently as Marcel de Jong and Krisztain Nemeth were called up for Canada and Hungary respectively.
After being abroad for both US Open Cup finals, I have stumbled across the secret to winning. I've always been a planner.
When I know that I'm going to miss a Sporting KC game, I figure out a way to watch it. I find a local soccer bar or a TV that I know will air the match, and I plan to be there.
That's a little hard when you're in Peru, or more specifically, in the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. Which, of course, was my seat for the 2012 US Open Cup Final.
As usual, I had a strategy. One of my friends was going to text updates to my dad, the only member of my family with an international cell phone plan. I would know what was going on, which was the next-best thing to actually watching the game. It would have worked perfectly, if not for the 41 minute rain delay. Instead, I got on a six hour international flight at halftime, and missed the second half and ensuing extra time and penalties.
Fast forward to 2015, where I found myself once again in a foreign country during the Open Cup Final. This semester, I am studying abroad in Athens, Greece. I found a stream of the match and set up in the kitchen of my apartment at 2:00 AM to watch Sporting KC play the Philadelphia Union.
I was struggling to stay awake through the first half and reconsidering whether my decision to pull an all-nighter was a smart one with a class just a few hours later, when Sebastian LeToux scored in the 23rd minute. Sporting KC had a few good chances at goal, but overall the Union seemed to be the better team.
At halftime, I shut my computer and went to sleep. Cue the thank-yous from all of you.
It was the second US Open Cup final that I've been out of the country for, the second one I've had to abandon at halftime, and the second one that the team has won since I've been a fan.
Now, we know the secret. If Sporting Kansas City makes a US Open Cup Final, I'll be planning a last-minute trip across the sea so I can miss the second half of the game.
Call it a superstition, call it crazy, but you can't say that it hasn't served us well so far. As for me, I'll call it my new plan.