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.