Sporting Kansas City's break-out midfielder Graham Zusi is off to a fast start in his first U.S. National Team camp, having scored two goals and grabbing one assist through two scrimmages.
Zusi started both games against the U.S. U-23 team -- who are preparing for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in tandem with the senior men's team.
"It was nice to get those two goals. It increased my confidence, especially around the goal," Zusi told SportingKC.com. "For me, without playing competitively for these past two months since our last game, you can maintain the fitness part of the game but it's tough to get back that touch and those qualities around goal. So to get two goals in the first two games was big for me to settle my nerves."
Zusi is joined at the training camp by KC teammates Teal Bunbury and C.J. Sapong.
All three will hope to get a chance to show U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann what they can do against better competition, as the Yanks will face Venezuela at 8 p.m. (ESPN3.com and Galavision) on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.
In the first scrimmage (last Saturday), Zusi started while Bunbury came on as a first-half sub and Sapong entered the game at halftime. Zusi set-up a goal for Bunbury before tapping in a gimme himself.
Here are the highlights from that game.
Zusi scored the only goal for the senior team in the second scrimmage (on Tuesday) and was deployed as a forward in a 4-3-3 formation for the first 45 minutes.
Bunbury, who is also competing for a spot on the Olympic squad, lined up with the U-23s for the first half before joining Zusi and Sapong in the second.