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At the moment, however, Zusi is ready for a few weeks off. After winning the College Cup with Maryland in 2005 and 2008 — claiming Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors as a senior — he is happy to enter the offseason as a champion once more.

“Each one is pretty exclusive in itself,” Zusi said, reflecting on his college and MLS titles. “I don’t like to compare games or winnings or anything like that. This, at the moment, it’s great. Each one had its extraordinary moments and feelings, and hopefully this isn’t the last one to come.”