3. Graham Zusi
Drafted by Peter Vermes with the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Maryland, where he won the NCAA national championship in 2005 and 2008, it is safe to say that Sporting KC got a great deal with Graham Zusi.
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The Longwood, Florida native was named to the MLS Best XI team in 2012 and 2013, MLS All-Star team from 2012 to 2015 and 2017 to 2019, and was named the MLS Breakout Player of the Year in 2011.
Another American international, Zusi has always been a calm head on the field who has provided the organization with some great goals. After spending the majority of his career on the wing, Zusi was turned into a right-back ahead of the 2017 season. After a stellar 2018 campaign in that position, it all went wrong, as it did for many, in 2019.
Zusi ranks second in the club’s all-time games played with 279, collecting 21,851 minutes. He is tied with Vitalis Takawira in tenth with 28 goals, but ranks second with 65 assists. Zusi has been apart of all four championship-winning teams that SKC has had, although he has just scored one goal of the three penalty shootouts in cup finals. Playing in two different positions at a high level, he is now considered one of the greatest SuperDraft picks of all time.