Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Graham Zusi could be an important player for the U.S. Men's National Team in their final two World Cup qualifiers, and he's looking at them as another opportunity to get better.
Graham Zusi has had a solid start to his career with Sporting Kansas City, turning from a highly touted prospect into a highly touted MVP candidate on the best team in the Eastern Conference in 2012. Now, he has received another call from the U.S. Men's National Team for the squad's two final World Cup qualifiers.
Zusi is likely to see some big minutes during the two matches against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala -- the team is currently dealing with a spat of injuries, with guys like Landon Donovan and Brek Shea being called out of the squad. That could leave Jurgen Klinsmann with Zusi as his best option to inject attacking presence into the midfield.
For his part, Zusi has used the experience with the national team as he seems to use every experience -- as an opportunity to continue to get better:
"I want to improve upon my previous performance," he said. "I can’t be satisfied with just being here. I want to continue to be better and really prove that I should be here. I can’t get complacent whatsoever."
The U.S. is currently tied atop their group with Guatemala and Jamaica, making the two games that the Yanks will play this week immensely important. Zusi and the rest of the Americans will face off against Antigua & Barbuda on Friday night.