Zusi plays 78 minutes in USA victory


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Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi started his second consecutive game for the USMNT on Tuesday night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. He started the match and played 78 minutes in the 3-1 victory against Guatemala. He continues to earn rave reviews with strong performances in the last two matches and some suggesting he could have solidified his spot in the starting lineup.

Below are some of the reviews of Zusi's performance from various soccer websites.

SoccerAmerica.com (Ridge Mahoney

He served up the corner kick from which the Americans tied the game and hit several other good balls to threaten. Worked the right side relentlessly and paid the price by running out of gas and coming off in the 78th minute. Ability to cross accurately with either foot and at varying distances during the run of play is going to be an important weapon down the road.

MLSSoccer.com (Greg Seltzer)

Most of the hometown favorite's balls into the area asked questions of the defense, including platter service of a near post corner on the equalizer. Zusi again faded as the game went on, but not so much as the other night.

NYTimes.com Goal Blog (Brian Sciaretta)

For the third straight game, Zusi has helped the U.S. win an important World Cup qualifier. Against Guatemala his passing was exceptional and he gave the team an attacking option out wide. He will be an important player for the team in next year’s hexagonal.

ESPNFC.com (Jeff Carlisle)

Was all over the field, and continued to impress with his set piece deliveries, as well as his service from out wide. He's perhaps the find of the round for the U.S. and Klinsmann.

SI.com (Avi Creditor)

Suiting up in front of his home fans, the Sporting Kansas City maestro shook off some apparent early nerves to deliver another worthwhile performance that should keep him as a starting wing option in the future. His ability to play on either side plays into his favor, especially when Landon Donovan returns to fitness. Zusi's set-piece service, after the wayward one in the opening minutes, was spot-on, and it was his corner that led to the opening U.S. goal. In just a brief time as a regular, he seems to have found a solid understanding of his place and has carved out quite the improbable niche considering where he was just a couple of years ago.

Goal.com (Seth Vertelney)

Very tidy on the the ball in front of his home fans, keeping the ball moving to great effect. Had the corner that led to the USA's first goal.

SoccerByIves.net (Ives Galarcep)

Another quality performance from the Sporting KC playmaker. His movement and passing helped the U.S. attack stay fluid, and he provided quality service on corner kicks.

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