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Football: Hungarian Sporting KC Forward Németh Scores "Goal Of The Year" Over Portland Timbers – Video!

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.10.07.

 Hungarian Sporting Kansas City forward Krisztián Németh has done it again.

After scoring a sensational goal in midweek that helped SKC win the US Open Cup, he topped that effort with a goal in Portland that started from his own half in the 83rd minute.

The Hungarian international beat the entire Portland Timbers defense all by himself, scoring a goal that turned out to be the game-winner for Sporting KC. It also blew the playoff race in the West wide open, while keeping Sporting Kansas City’s Supporters’ Shield hopes very much alive.

A trip to Providence Park late Saturday furnished Sporting Kansas City’s third matchup with the Portland Timbers this season, and for the first 262 minutes of those games, two clubs in the Western Conference playoff race failed to produce a goal.
In a 10.4-second, otherworldly sequence, the 26-year-old Hungarian changed that. Single-handedly.
Németh struck in the 83rd minute after knifing his way through the Portland defense, lifting Sporting KC to a 1-0 victory Saturday night in Portland, Ore.
After collecting the ball near midfield, Nemeth dribbled through three Portland defenders — one of them twice — before moving into the box and serving a right-footed shot into the far corner, past a diving Portland keeper Adam Kwarasey.
“I mean this with all due respect — he picked those guys apart,” fellow Hungarian Sporting KC coach Péter Vermes said. “The finish was fantastic.”
The highlight-reel goal led to a key victory. With only three matches remaining in the regular season, Sporting KC firmed up its playoff positioning, surging into third place in the Western Conference. The top two teams in the West will be awarded byes in the conference semifinals, while the next four will play first-round matchups.
A victory Saturday capped a remarkable seven days for Sporting KC, during which the club tied Seattle with a reserve-heavy lineup, won the U.S. Open Cup championship and then claimed a road victory in Portland.
“The thing you need to put the exclamation point on is the number of players who made a contribution this week,” Vermes said.
On Saturday, Németh contributed the offense.
A steady back line — and keeper Tim Melia — took care of the rest. When the clubs met inside Providence Park on Sept. 9, Melia produced one of his best career games, using a career-high seven saves for a shutout.
Melia made another few close-range saves Saturday to help a tired Sporting KC club earn its third shutout against Portland this season.
Vermes was quick to credit captain Matt Besler for leading the latest one.
“Matt played injured a little bit, but he fought through that game and was big for us,” Vermes said. “We needed him on the field tonight.”
Three days after Sporting KC won the Open Cup championship in a match that lasted 120 minutes, it had the appearance of a team playing on tired legs. The Sporting KC lineup Saturday indicated a bulk of the starting group needed a rest.
Sporting KC started three rookie draft picks — Amadou Dia, Saad Abdul-Salaam and Connor Hallisey — for the first time since 2007. It was without midfielders Paulo Nagamura (yellow card accumulation) and Soni Mustivar (hip pointer).
Zusi started the second half, and Németh subbed into the match in the 73rd minute. Just in time. “Probably the goal of the year,” Vermes said.
The club has only three games remaining in the regular season. After a bye week, Sporting KC returns to action with a trip to San Jose on Oct. 16. It concludes with home games against Colorado on Oct. 21 and the LA Galaxy on Oct. 25.
The Major League Soccer team signed Németh in December 2014.
via mlssoccer.com and kansascity.com
photo: fourfourtwo.hu