Graham Zusi

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Graham Zusi
Graham Zusi (cropped).jpg
Zusi with United States in 2013
Personal information
Full name Graham Jonathan Zusi
Date of birth (1986-08-18) August 18, 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Longwood, Florida, United States
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 8
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Maryland Terrapins 89 (28)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Central Florida Kraze 10 (1)
2009– Sporting Kansas City 185 (24)
National team
2012– United States 40 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 5, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 24, 2016

Graham Jonathan Zusi[1] (/ˈzsi/; born August 18, 1986) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Sporting Kansas City and the United States national team.

Early life[edit]

Zusi was born on August 18, 1986. Zusi graduated from Lake Brantley High School.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Zusi played college soccer at the University of Maryland, College Park. During his college career, Zusi played in 89 games, recording 28 goals and 20 assists, and helped Maryland win the National Championship in 2005 and 2008, scoring the game-winning goal in the 2008 National Semi-Final and Championship Games. He graduated with a degree in criminology.[2]

During his college years Zusi also played with Central Florida Kraze in the USL Premier Development League.[3]

Professional[edit]

Zusi was drafted in the second round (23rd overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards. He made his professional debut on March 21, 2009, in Kansas City's first game of the 2009 MLS season against Toronto FC.[4]

Zusi enjoyed a breakout season in 2011 helping the renamed Sporting Kansas City franchise to an Eastern Conference championship and earning a call-up to the U.S. national team. His efforts were rewarded by Sporting with a new four-year contract announced on February 16, 2012.[5] In the 2012 season he led the league in assists with 15.

During the 2012–13 offseason, Zusi trialed with English Premier League side West Ham United.[6]

International career[edit]

On January 21, 2012, Zusi made his debut for the senior side of his country (as a starter) in a 1–0 win over Venezuela in a friendly match. On January 25, 2012, Zusi scored his first international goal in the ninth minute against Panama in a 1–0 victory. Zusi was named to the national team's Hexagonal roster for the February 6, 2013 match against Honduras; he entered the game as a second half substitute.

On October 15, 2013, Zusi scored a stoppage-time equalizer against Panama in a World Cup qualifier. Though the United States had already qualified, Zusi's goal meant that Mexico would advance to the next round at Panama's expense. As a result, a group of Mexico fans later presented Zusi with a framed photo and plaque with the words San Zusi ("Saint Zusi").[7]

On June 16, 2014, in the United States' first game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Zusi provided the assist from a corner kick for John Brooks' game winning goal in the 2-1 victory against Ghana.

On June 22, 2014, in the United States' second game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Zusi provided the assist for Clint Dempsey's goal in the 2-2 draw against Portugal.

On March 29, 2016, after two years without scoring for the USA national team, he scored the fourth goal against Guatemala in the USA's campaign to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

On June 7, 2016, Zusi scored a late goal after being substituted in for the USA national team to put them up 4-0 against Costa Rica. This goal made the 4-0 win over Costa Rica the largest victory against Costa Rica in history for the US national team.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 January 25, 2012 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama
1–0
1–0
Friendly
2 October 11, 2013 Sporting Park, Kansas City, United States  Jamaica
1–0
2–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
3 October 15, 2013 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama
2–2
3–2
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
4 March 29, 2016 Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, United States  Guatemala
3–0
4–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier
5 June 7, 2016 Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, United States  Costa Rica
4–0
4–0
Copa América Centenario

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of December, 21 2015.
All-time club performance
Club Season MLS US Open Cup Playoffs CONCACAF Total
App Goals Assists App Goals Assists App Goals Assists App Goals Assists App Goals Assists
Sporting Kansas City
2009 13 0 1 2 0 0 15 0 1
2010 19 1 0 1 0 0 20 1 0
2011 32 5 7 4 0 0 3 0 2 39 5 9
2012 32 5 15 5 2 0 2 0 1 39 7 16
2013 27 6 8 2 0 1 5 0 2 6 0 2 40 6 13
2014 24 5 8 2 0 1 26 5 9
2015 25 2 5 1 1 0 - - - 26 3 5
Club Total 172 24 44 15 3 1 10 0 5 8 0 3 205 27 53
Career Total 172 24 44 15 3 1 10 0 5 8 0 3 205 27 53

International[edit]

As of June 7, 2016.
National team Year Apps Goals
United States
2012 6 1
2013 12 2
2014 10 0
2015 4 0
2016 5 2
Total 37 5

Honors[edit]

University of Maryland[edit]

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2013 Gold Cup official roster
  2. ^ Nancy Hass (April 16, 2013). "Hey Zeus! Graham Zusi & the pressure of replacing US Soccer's best-ever player | OVERLAP Magazine". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "2005 Central Florida Kraze stats". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived March 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Palmer, Tod. "Sporting signs Zusi to extension". KansasCity.com. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Bailey, Graeme. "West Ham United have taken American international Graham Zusi on trial". Sky Sports. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Edwards, Andy. ""Saint" Graham Zusi presented with gifts from fans, radio station for sending Mexico to World Cup playoff". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ Andrew Wiebe (December 20, 2011). "Zusi named MLS Breakout Player of the Year | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sporting KC announces 2012 team awards | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. October 24, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sporting KC announces 2013 team awards | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. October 19, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 

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