Former Liverpool prospect Krisztian Nemeth opens MLS account in dramatic fashion

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The Sporting Kansas City striker bagged his side a last-gasp winner in Sunday's clash against the Philadelphia Union.

Sporting Kansas City striker Krisztian Nemeth grabbed his first MLS goal in dramatic fashion on Sunday night, scoring in the 94th-minute to seal his side a 3-2 home win over the Philadelphia Union.

The Union led 2-1 after a hectic opening 20 minutes at Sporting Park and remained in front until the first minute of stoppage-time, when defender Jalil Anibaba netted a headed equaliser to set up a wild finish.

Nemeth, who had entered the match as a 64th-minute substitute, then opened his MLS account three minutes later, tapping in Matt Belser’s flick-on from a corner to seal all three points for Sporting KC.

It was just the kind of impact the team were hoping to see from the Hungarian international following his December arrival but had been forced to wait for after he missed the past two matches with a knee problem, having failed to score in the opening two games of the season.

Speaking to the club’s official website at the final whistle, head coach Peter Vermes said on Nemeth: “He had already been out two weeks and he wasn´t 90 minutes fit. So we weren’t going to run a risk in that situation.

“He was good for us. I have always said he is a special player and I think he is going to add a lot to us, especially as he gets more used to not only our team but the way the league is.”

Nemeth, 26, had been without a club since the summer prior to signing for KC, having left Eredivisie club Roda JC on a free transfer after scoring eight goals in 25 games during the 2013-14 season.

Having made his professional debut with MTK Budapest in 2005, the 15-times capped forward would later go on to land a move to Liverpool in the summer of 2007 but, despite being a well-regarded prospect, never featured for the first-team before leaving for Olympiakos in August 2010 following a season-long loan at the Greek club.

With a commendable scoring record from his time in the Netherlands, there should be more MLS goals to come moving forward, as Sporting KC bid to add a third MLS Cup to the titles won in 2000 and 2013.

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