Jul 1, 2014; Salvador, BRAZIL; United States midfielder Graham Zusi (19) kicks the ball against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Terp Graham Zusi Signs MLS Contract

Former Maryland Terrapins midfielder Graham Zusi, who started all four games for the USA national team in this year’s World Cup, has elected to resign with Sporting Kansas City. Zusi turned down opportunities to play in Europe to remain the MLS, making it an even stronger league and joining fellow MLS star Michael Bradley as an American who has chosen an American league over playing abroad. Zusi will remain with Sporting Kansas City until 2018 when he will turn 31 years old and contend for his second straight World Cup roster spot.

In four appearances in the World Cup, Zusi logged two assists, but is well known for his game-winning assist off a corner kick in USA’s first game against Ghana, giving the team their only win in the group stage. Zusi established himself as an up-and-coming attacking midfielder that surpassed expectations along the way. It’s rumored that Zusi’s strong showing throughout the qualifying stage helped USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann pass on World Cup star Landon Donovan for a roster spot.

Zusi was one of two Terps on the World Cup roster, with Omar Gonzalez of the LA Galaxy being the other who made the cut. Both Zusi and Gonzalez helped Maryland win national championships in 2008, while Zusi also was also an integral part in the 2005 championship run for the Terps.

A well-deserved contract for a Terp legend. Congrats, Zusi.

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