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Graham Zusi is the MLS Player of the Week.

The Sporting Kansas City midfielder got the nod after the ballots cast by the members of the North American Soccer Reporters were counted.

Zusi scored twice in a midweek 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers, including a Goal-of-the-Week candidate from 30 yards put. Zusi also played in SKC’s 1-0 win over D.C. United Sunday.

Zusi was already named the MLS Player of the Month in June, and his rise to MLS stardom is mirroring his team’s climb up the standings.

Because the club had to wait for Livestrong Sporting Park to be completed, SKC played its first 10 on the road and, as expected, sputtered out of the gate. But Zusi and co. have climbed to second in the Eastern Conference standings, behind the Columbus Crew, as Zusi and co. have enjoyed a home-heavy schedule since the new stadium opened.

How the 11 voted: Milton Caraglio scored twice this week as well — and he got The 11’s vote. The Argentine Designated Player scored twice to give the New England Revolution a 2-0 lead over the New York Red Bulls.

Caraglio’s cause was likely hurt because Dane Richards scored twice to allow the Red Bulls to escape with their, ahem, 14th draw in 26 games. Wins always stand out with the voters. But we had to give Caraglio credit for his first goal, which saw him dance through the New York backline then stick with the play as he had one, two, three cracks at goal.

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