BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, June 27, 2013
US national team midfielder Graham Zusi has come to terms on a new multi-year contract with Sporting Kansas City.

Sources confirmed to YA that the deal was completed between Zusi and Sporting on Thursday and is now awaiting final league approval.

Zusi, 26, has been with Kansas City ever since he was drafted in the second round with the 23rd overall pick of the 2009 MLS Superdraft. Since then he has emerged as one of the best midfielders in the league. This season he has 14 appearances and three goals. In his career he has 115 MLS appearances and 14 goals.

Kansas City currently sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference but the standings remain tight with just two points separating it from second place Philadelphia.

Locking down Zusi is an enormous boost for Kansas City after the club also extended the contract for US international and reigning defender of the year Matt Besler. While many of the best MLS American players tend to move abroad, Kansas City will likely now have two players who are starters for the U.S national team.

Zusi recently returned to Kansas City from international duty with the U.S team. During that time he had crucial assists in wins over Germany and Jamaica. The U.S currently leads the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Hexagonal with 13 points through six games.
Sunday June 30, 2013 10:41 am
I'm more bummed about Besler not making the move to Europe to be honest.
Friday June 28, 2013 1:09 pm
Not saying he should have gone to Europe but staying in MLS will leave open the posibility of others to pass him by. If guys like Shea, Gatt, and Bedoya play well in Europe it'll be easy to justify picking them over Zusi. Also once the U20 guys get up to speed by 2015 Zusi may be out of the picture
Friday June 28, 2013 11:36 am
Should have moved to Europe....
Friday June 28, 2013 5:00 am
In all fairness, staying in MLS didn't seem to hurt Donovan's international career.
Thursday June 27, 2013 10:45 pm
Real awesome to see. of course the Eurocentrics will have a field day with his decision.
Thursday June 27, 2013 9:15 pm
Stupid. He needs to try to play on Europe. That is where he will step his game up another level.

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