It looks like Maryand Terrapins men’s soccer alumni and USMNT midfielder Graham Zusi might have earned himself some more minutes on Team USA.
Just minutes after checking into the game with the United States tied 1-1 to Ghana in their World Cup in the 86th minute, Zusi delivered a picturesque corner that ended up being headed in by John Brooks for the eventual game-winning goal. The goal was amazingly surprising given how summarily Ghana had dominated the United States (at one point, Ghana was recorded to have taken 17 shots on goal).
Clip of the goal below:
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The only action outside of Zusi’s epic cross came 35 seconds in when Clint Dempsey scored the quickest goal in U.S. men’s soccer history. After that, Maryland’s luck went all downhill as star striker Jozy Altidore left the game with a hamstring injury and Clint Dempsey was kicked in the face, resulting in a bloody nose.
Ghana scored their goal late in the 82nd minute despite challenging all game long. Tim Howard, USA’s resident star goalkeeper, managed to hold down the fort while his team got crushed.
All in all, absolutely awesome showing by a legendary Terp. Zusi played for the Terrapins from 2005 to 2008, winning two national championships along the way and scoring the game winning goal in the semifinal and championship games in ’08. It shouldn’t shock anyone that Zusi managed to do something like this on a global stage given his prior theatrics.
As SVP would say, “He a Terp.”