U.S. Soccer
Graham Zusi
Men's National Team

Graham Zusi

Defender Caps/Goals - 46/5
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    5-10 / 160

  • Hometown

    Longwood, Fla.

  • Club

    Sporting Kansas City

The speedy, skillful winger brings savvy and energy to the U.S. midfield. Those talents were on display at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he played in all four of the USA’s matches and recorded two assists. The Orlando native had a breakout year both internationally and professionally in 2013, earning career marks for the U.S. MNT during qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and leading Sporting Kansas City to the 2013 MLS Cup crown. In his second full year with the Men’s National Team, Zusi doubled his previous marks in games played, goals and assists. He scored a thrilling stoppage-time goal during the USA’s 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off the USA’s first-place finish in the Hexagonal.  The three-time MLS All-Star is a key driver of the success of Sporting Kansas City.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Recorded two assists in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including the corner kick delivery on the game-winning goal by John Brooks in the 86th minute of the 2-1 win against Ghana.

• Scored the game-tying, stoppage-time goal during the USA’s 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, ending Panama’s hopes for qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

• Named a 2013 MLS All-Star, Sporting Kansas City team MVP and team Offensive Player of the Year after tallying six goals and eight assists in 27 games, leading Sporting to the 2013 MLS Cup crown

• Notched his first international goal on Jan. 25, 2012, vs. Panama just four days after receiving his first cap on Jan. 21, 2012, against Venezuela

• The only MLS player to register at least five goals and at least seven assists in each of the last four seasons.


2015: Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Made Gold Cup debut against Honduras on July 7... Has played in two games for the MNT this year, starting one... Made first MNT appearance of 2015 on July 3rd vs. Guatemala... 2014: Started three of four matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, logging 257 minutes in four games … His corner kick delivery set up the game-winning goal against Ghana on June 16 against Ghana … Clipped a cross in from the left that Clint Dempsey re-directed him to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 81st minute against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus … Another well-placed corner teed up Michael Bradley for the game’s  first goal in the 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz … Made a total of 10 appearances, including eight starts … 2013: In his second year with the U.S. MNT, Zusi recorded career highs in games (12), starts (9), goals (2) and assists (2) … Assisted Jozy Altidore’s 13th-minute goal during the USA’s 4-3 win against second-ranked Germany on June 2. The game was the USA’s Centennial Celebration match at RFK Stadium … Scored the game-tying, stoppage-time goal during the U.S. MNT’s 3-2 win against Panama on Oct. 15 to cap off the first-place Hexagonal run with 22 points … 2012: Zusi was invited to U.S. MNT’s 2012 January camp in preparation for two friendlies against Venezuela and Panama … He went on to start both matches and scored the lone goal in the win against Panama … He played 71 minutes in a 1-0 win against Jamaica in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying … Came on in the 60th minute of the 2-1 win against Mexico on Aug. 15 ... Made three appearances in World Cup qualifiers … First Appearance: Jan. 21, 2012, vs. Venezuela … First Goal: Jan. 25, 2012, vs. Panama.
2014: Started three of four matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, logging 257 minutes in four games … His corner kick delivery set up the game-winning goal against Ghana on June 16 against Ghana … Clipped a cross in from the left that Clint Dempsey re-directed him to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 81st minute against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus … Another well-placed corner teed up Michael Bradley for the game’s  first goal in the 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz … Made a total of 10 appearances, including eight starts … 2013: In his second year with the U.S. MNT, Zusi recorded career highs in games (12), starts (9), goals (2) and assists (2) … Assisted Jozy Altidore’s 13th-minute goal during the USA’s 4-3 win against second-ranked Germany on June 2. The game was the USA’s Centennial Celebration match at RFK Stadium … Scored the game-tying, stoppage-time goal during the U.S. MNT’s 3-2 win against Panama on Oct. 15 to cap off the first-place Hexagonal run with 22 points … 2012: Zusi was invited to U.S. MNT’s 2012 January camp in preparation for two friendlies against Venezuela and Panama … He went on to start both matches and scored the lone goal in the win against Panama … He played 71 minutes in a 1-0 win against Jamaica in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying … Came on in the 60th minute of the 2-1 win against Mexico on Aug. 15 ... Made three appearances in World Cup qualifiers … First Appearance: Jan. 21, 2012, vs. Venezuela … First Goal: Jan. 25, 2012, vs. Panama.

College:

Played four seasons at the University of Maryland, accruing appearances in 89 games (65 starts) and recording 28 goals and 20 assists during his college career ... Helped Maryland win the National Championship in 2005 and 2008, scoring the game-winning goal in the 2008 National Semi-Final and Championship Games … Named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the 2008 College Cup. 


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