Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City announced on Friday
that midfielder Graham Zusi signed a new contract with the club.
Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Zusi, 26, was named an MLS All-Star, Best XI and MVP finalist in 2012 after
tallying five goals and an MLS-best 15 assists. The Orlando, Fla. native has
three goals and a team-leading five assists in 2013 and has totaled 14 goals
and 28 assists in 110 career matches with Sporting KC.
"Kansas City is like home for me and I am excited to be able to continue
playing for this outstanding club, fans and city," Zusi said. "Our goal is to
win championships and I will do whatever it takes to achieve that with this
Zusi earned MLS Breakout Player of the Year honors in 2011 after scoring five
goals and adding seven assists in his first year as a starter. He followed
that up by receiving his first call-up to the United States men's national
team for its January 2012 training camp and scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win
over Panama on Jan. 25, 2012.
Zusi has since become a regular on the national squad, with 14 total caps and
appearances in eight of the previous nine FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
"Graham has become an integral part of our club and league over the past five
years and we look forward to his contributions for years to come," said
Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman. "We are committed to bringing championships
to Kansas City and that effort is reflected in assuring that the best
playmaker in Major League Soccer remains here. As we have said in the past,
guys who play consistently well over time here will be rewarded and that
certainly is the case with Graham."
Zusi was drafted by Sporting Kansas City in the second round of the 2009 MLS
SuperDraft after a standout career at the University of Maryland.
He recorded 28 goals and 20 assists during his four-year collegiate career and
helped the Terrapins capture the 2005 and 2008 national championships.
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