The U.S. Men’s National Team is not a traditional favorite to do anything crazy like win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but they have all the pieces to make a good run.
One of those pieces is the brilliant passer Graham Zusi. Zusi plays for Sporting Kansas City and has had a spectacular career so far that includes him leading them to a spot in the MLS finals in 2013. Since starting to play at the senior international level, Zusi has been a breath of fresh air to a USMNT that has lacked a bit of creativity from the wings. He was key to the success of fellow USMNT star Jozy Altidore’s spectacular World Cup Qualifying run.
I am of the unpopular opinion that Zusi is better suited to the USMNT than USA legend Landon Donovan. Donovan is a great player for the USMNT and always contributes, but tends to play more of an attacking role in midfield than Zusi. Many of the USA’s goals in the recent World Cup Qualifying campaign have come off of Zusi passes, and Donovan would be better suited to a “super-sub” role off of the bench.
If the USMNT is to have any hope of making it out of the group stage and into the knockout rounds of the 2014 World Cup, than they are going to need to score a lot of goals. Many of the USMNT players tend to be goalscorers, not goal providers. Zusi is what this team has been missing in past World Cups, and will be the key to the USA’s 2014 World Cup success.