Zusi: the American Milner

As I watched the USMNT in the Gold Cup, something occurred to me: Graham Zusi is the American James Milner. He’s a strong, capable player who is both faster and more technical than people think he is, and is willing to play pretty much any position he’s asked to play. I don’t think Zusi is as good as Milner — Milner is a really good footballer — but like Milner he’s amazingly versatile. Though by nature he’s an attacking midfielder, he’s done just fine as Bruce Arena’s preferred right back (cf. Milner as Jürgen Klopp’s preferred left back) and you get the sense that you could play him anywhere from striker to centerback and he’d not make a hash of it.