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Sporting Kansas City Weekly Round Up

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After being selected by the Kansas City Wizards in the second round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, the attacking midfielder made just just nine starts and scored one goal in his first two seasons. But Zusi said he simply kept his head down and continued his hard work, learning whatever he could from veterans such as Jimmy Conrad, Josh Wolff, and Davy Arnaud, hoping his time would come.

Graham Zusi experiencing a break through season for Sporting Kansas City via soccerbyives.net

The big problem this year is highlighted by the dominance of the Western Conference. With everyone playing a balanced 34-game schedule (facing every other team home and away), MLS's top four teams are all in the West; Los Angeles, Salt Lake, Seattle, and Dallas.

Grant Wahl calls for MLS to restructure the current playoff system via SI.com 

U.S. forward Abby Wambach buried a penalty kick in the 10th minute while Canadian forward Melissa Tancredi equalized just before halftime.

The USWNT/Canada clash at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park ends in a 1-1 draw via SportingKC.com

Just hours after a 1-0 defeat at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night, Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake met once again at XanGo Field, 20 miles south of Sandy in Reserve League action.

The score was the same, this time it was Sporting who were able to grab a second half goal to leave the Beehive State with a smile.

Davy Arnaud converts a penalty kick for the win via SportingMembership.com 

Bolstered by a laundry list of players who are enjoying career years, including several young players, Sporting KC climbed from last place in the Eastern Conference to a tie for first place in just three months.

Peter Vermes has Sporting Kansas City believing via Foxsports.com 

Just a few weeks ago, Kansas City were scrimping along with barely enough players available for Manager Peter Vermes to fill out a gameday roster. 

These days, though, the question isn't necessarily who will play but who won't for Sporting as they prepare for Saturday's game against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.