Graham Zusi inks new contract with Sporting Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After solidifying his place on the U.S. national team, midfielder Graham Zusi signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City on Friday in a coup for Major League Soccer.

Zusi generated interest from clubs in the English Premier League and elsewhere, but instead chose to remain with his domestic club.

The 26-year-old was an All-Star and MVP finalist last season after recording five goals and an MLS-leading 15 assists. Zusi has three goals and five assists this season while earning a starting spot with the U.S. as it tries to qualify for its seventh straight World Cup.

Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman told The Associated Press that contract negotiations with Zusi began last season. Zusi's previous deal had a $140,000 base salary this year and total guaranteed 2013 compensation of $173,813, according to the MLS Players Union.

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