Vision, pace, a cannon right leg... oh, and that head of hair. Yes, it's safe to say life is good for Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi.(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Zusi finished his third season in Major League Soccer with a number of career bests. The former Maryland Terrapin scored five goals, and contributed seven assists in 2011, while playing in 30 matches (25 started), and logging 2,329 minutes over the course of the regular season.
Compare the number of minutes, goals, assists, etc compared to his first two campaigns in MLS, and it's easy to see why Zusi was named the Breakout Player of the Year. Zusi scored only one goal, and contributed just one assist over the course of his first two seasons with Kansas City. He logged 1,064 minutes during that span.
It's been quite a jump for a player that was once rarely used, but is now quite possibly the most important player on Kansas City's squad.