Tuesday evening’s Copa America game between Costa Rica and the United States had a little Maryland flavor to it.
Midfielder Graham Zusi scored a late goal to help seal a 4-0 win for the United States. This comes just four days after Colombia blanked the American 2-0.
After coming into the game as a substitute with the United States firmly leading, Zusi stole the ball and preceded to dribble into the box where he buried a goal with his left foot.
The goal was the fifth for Zusi in international competition. Zusi last scored on March 29 against Guatemala in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
It was the first time in history that the United States netted four goals against Costa Rica.
The former Terrapin currently plays for Sporting KC in the MLS. Zusi registered three assists and five shots-on-goal this past season, which was his eighth in the MLS.
Despite not being a primary starter for the United States, Zusi has made an impact when he has gotten opportunities in international play.
In the opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Zusi set up John Brooks’ game-winning goal via a corner kick against Ghana. It was one of two assists in four appearances during that World Cup run.
Zusi also assisted on a Clint Dempsey goal in a 2-2 draw with Portugal in 2014.
The former Maryland star registered 22 goals and 15 assists during his time in College Park. With his latest goal, Zusi continues to make the program proud on the international level