Ex-Liverpool youngster Krisztian Nemeth's MLS performances earn him comparisons to former Everton favourite

The Sporting Kansas City striker's successful start to his stateside career has already seen him likened to LA Galaxy legend Landon Donovan.

Sporting Kansas City striker Krisztian Nemeth’s hot start to life in MLS has earned him plenty of plaudits of late and, per MLSSoccer.com, even comparisons to a former league legend.

Nemeth, who joined Sporting KC on a free transfer in December, etched his name into MLS history during Saturday night’s 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids when he became the only player since the league’s foundation to convert his first seven shots on goal in a single season.

The Hungarian forward opened the scoring in the 32nd-minute at Sporting Park when right-back Chance Myers, who was making his first league start since rupturing his Achilles in May 2014, supplied him with a low cross to finish past Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin from the edge of the box.

Speaking after seeing second-half owl goal from Sam Cronin extend his side's winless run to six games, visiting head coach Pablo Mastroeni still found time to praise the ex-Liverpool trainee’s clinical performance and went as far as to compare him to six-time MLS Cup winner and former Everton loan star Landon Donovan.

“If you give that guy an inch of room he scores, and that for me was the defining moment of the game,” the Rapids boss told MLSoccer.com. “He’s one of those guys that doesn’t have to be involved for 90-plus minutes. He picks and chooses his moment, and when he strikes he’s very good.

 2015 MLS GoalsTotal ShotsShots OntargetAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyHeaders WonHeader SuccessTotal DribblesDribble SuccessAppearancesMins Played
Krisztian Nemeth 7 32 7 2 8 75% 17 52% 27 48% 13 959

“To be fair, he reminds me of Landon [Donovan]", Mastroeni continued. "He ability to really find the corner with pace and trajectory from the service he uses. He’s really dynamic and clinical."

Nemeth, 26, had been without a club since the summer prior to joining SKC, having left Eredivisie side Roda JC after scoring eight times in 25 games during the 2013-14 season.

With seven strikes in 11 starts and two substitute appearances, the 16-times capped international has so far proved an inspired signing for Peter Vermes' side, taking the goalscoring burden off fellow front man Dom Dwyer and winning the MLS Player of the Month award for May in the process.

He might not go on to emulate the achievements of Donovan – the league’s all-time leader in both goals [144] and assists [136] – but, if he continues to showcase the finishing instincts which first attracted Liverpool’s attention back in 2007, then KC will not be too disappointed.

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