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The growing poise is a familiar story with Zusi. As Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski recalled, the player always was an integral piece for the Terrapins during his four years in College Park. But it wasn’t until Zusi’s senior season that he truly grabbed the reins, claiming Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors at the College Cup as the Terps won the second national title of his tenure.

If one thing about Zusi has been established, it’s that he has the mindset worth investing in.

“He’s such a nice and respectful person that I think he almost needs to get to the point where he gets permission to exert himself into the game,” Cirovski said. “He’s a very sweet person, very humble. I think he’s playing with an aggressiveness now that is taking his game to another level.”