Zusi wasn't one of those phenom players recruited by historic European franchises when he had barely hit adolescence yet, but he's continually displayed improvement in the increasing levels of the game—from college at the University of Maryland to his top-notch passing and set-piece skills he's honed with MLS's Sporting Kansas City. Zusi was called up to the U.S. team in 2011 and led the MLS in assists with an impressive 15 in 2012. When Zusi showed up at the Americans' World Cup training camp in January, he logged an astronomical V02 Max of 71ml/kg/min. As the U.S. team's head fitness coach Masa Sakihana told Men's Fitness: "His cardiovascular fitness level is at the very top of the current squad."
Graham Zusi, Midfielder, USA
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