Gyasi Zardes

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Gyasi Zardes
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Personal information
Date of birth (1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Hawthorne, California, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy
Number 11
Youth career
2008–2009 LA Galaxy
2009–2012 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Ventura County Fusion 12 (10)
2013– LA Galaxy 66 (21)
2014 LA Galaxy II (loan) 1 (1)
National team
2015– United States 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 27, 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 18, 2015

Gyasi Zardes (born September 2, 1991) is an American soccer player currently playing for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer and the United States national team. Zardes scored 38 goals during a three-year college career at California State University, Bakersfield, finishing as one of the top goal scorers in the NCAA in each of the last two years when he tallied 33 goals in 37 games. Born in Hawthorne, California Zardes currently holds the record for most goals in a single season by an MLS Homegrown player, passing Diego Fagundez on September 5, 2014.


Youth and College[edit]

Zardes played for the Galaxy Academy U-18’s during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 Development Academy seasons as well as with the Galaxy U-20s in the 2009 USL Super-20 campaign. After declaring himself a red shirt freshman at CSU Bakersfield, Zardes led the Galaxy U-20 team to the national championship in 2010. [1]

After tallying five goals and a team-best seven assists in his first season of college soccer, Zardes burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 2011, scoring 18 times in 20 games while helping lead Bakersfield to a berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in school history. His 18 goals that season were the fourth most in Division I college soccer that year and he was selected the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top player in college soccer.

In 2012, Zardes followed up his breakout season by scoring 15 goals and adding nine assists, each of which were team-highs, in 17 games, while helping the Roadrunners record a winning record for the fourth consecutive season. He had two or more goals in four of his 17 games, including seven goals in a two-game stretch in mid-October. [2]

LA Galaxy[edit]

LA Galaxy signed Zardes as a Homegrown player on December 20, 2012.[3] On April 27, 2013, Zardes made his debut as a substitute for the Galaxy in a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.[4] On May 11, 2013, Zardes came on as a substitute in 67th min and scored his first goal for the Galaxy in a 3-1 loss against Vancouver Whitecaps.[5]

Zardes scored his first brace for the Galaxy against New England Revolution on July 16, 2014 in a 5-1 win.[6] On September 5, 2014, Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in the Galaxy's 6-0 home win against Colorado Rapids.[7] With his brace, Zardes made Major League Soccer history, passing Diego Fagundez to become the highest scoring Homegrown player in a single season.[8]

International Career[edit]

After a breakout 2014 season in which he scored 19 goals across all competitions, he received his first ever international call up in January 2015, for matches against Chile and Panama. Zardes made his international debut on January 28, 2015, when he came on as a substitute for Clint Dempsey in the 68th minute against Chile.

On February 8, 2015, Zardes made his first international start against Panama and he recorded his first international assist on Clint Dempsey's goal in the 37th minute.


As of September 7, 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup MLS Cup North America Total
2013 LA Galaxy Major League Soccer 27 4 1 0 2 0 3 0 33 4
2014 26 16 2 2 5 1 2 0 35 19
2014 LA Galaxy II (loan) USL Pro 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total LA Galaxy 53 20 3 2 7 1 5 0 68 23
Career total 54 21 3 2 7 1 5 0 69 24


LA Galaxy

See also[edit]

Zardes playing for the LA Galaxy in 2013


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