Graham Zusi is an honorary saint of the Mexican national team — San Zusi, as he's been known since October 15, 2013.
If you don't know why that is, here's what happened.
In the days immediately following that goal against Panama, Zusi was showered with gifts from a local Spanish-language Kansas City radio station.
For the first time since his heroic efforts that gave Mexico one last chance to qualify for this summer's World Cup, Zusi and the US national team will face El Tri on Wednesday night (11 pm ET, ESPN/UniMas).
On Monday, the USMNT and Sporting Kansas City midfielder was once again celebrated by Mexico supporters — and media — with yet another gift of gratitude.
Mexican reporter gave Graham Zusi a bottle of Patron mid interview today. San Zusi, indeed. #USMNT— Andrew Wiebe (@andrew_wiebe) March 31, 2014
Here is how the Patron was presented to Graham Zusi. Quote following in next two tweets. #USMNT— Andrew Wiebe (@andrew_wiebe) April 1, 2014
"I promised this to my father. This is on behalf of the 365k Mexicans who you probably saved their jobs. On behalf of my family..." #USMNT— Andrew Wiebe (@andrew_wiebe) April 1, 2014
We're still waiting for the day that the owner of a beachside resort in Mexico shows up and presents Zusi with a pass for free vacations for a lifetime.