Gyasi Zardes

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Gyasi Zardes
USMNT vs. Trinidad and Tobago (48124887166) (cropped) 3.jpg
Zardes with the United States at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Personal information
Full name Gyasi A. Zardes[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Hawthorne, California, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 11
Youth career
2008–2009 LA Galaxy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners 56 (38)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Ventura County Fusion 12 (10)
2013–2017 LA Galaxy 131 (34)
2014LA Galaxy II (loan) 1 (1)
2018– Columbus Crew SC 63 (33)
National team
2015– United States 56 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 8, 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 1, 2020

Gyasi A. Zardes (born September 2, 1991) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC and the United States national team.

Zardes began playing for the Galaxy youth system in 2008, before leaving the following year. He began playing college soccer for Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners in 2009, and played there for three years. In December 2012, he signed for the Galaxy senior team as a homegrown player. He was called up to the United States national team for the first time in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Zardes was born and raised in Hawthorne, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He was one of five children; his father Glenn is from New Orleans, while his mother Linda is from Michigan.[2][3] In 2016, the City of Hawthorne unveiled a mural of Zardes at its new futsal courts, where a prohibition on soccer use was lifted.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zardes played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the Galaxy Academy U-18s during the 2008–09 and 2009–10 DA 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

LA Galaxy[edit]

Zardes with LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy signed Zardes as a Homegrown Player on December 20, 2012.[7] On April 15, 2013, Zardes made his debut as a substitute for LA Galaxy Reserves in a 1–1 draw with Seattle Sounders Reserves.[8] On April 27, 2013, Zardes made his debut for the first-team as a substitute for the Galaxy in a 2–0 win over Real Salt Lake.[9] 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.[10] Zardes scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Chivas USA on June 23, 2013.[11]

Zardes scored his first brace for the Galaxy against New England Revolution on July 16, 2014, in a 5–1 win.[12] On September 5, 2014, Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in the Galaxy's 6–0 home win against Colorado Rapids.[13] With his brace, Zardes made Major League Soccer history, passing Diego Fagúndez to become the highest scoring Homegrown Player in a single season.[14]

On December 7, 2014, Zardes became the first Homegrown Player to score in the MLS Cup final. Zardes scored in the 53rd minute after receiving a cross from Stefan Ishizaki. In extra time, captain, Robbie Keane scored as Galaxy triumphs the New England Revolution 2–1, making LA Galaxy the first team to win the trophy five times.[15] Zardes was the sixth highest scorer of the season with 16 goals, and just three behind Robbie Keane.[16]

Columbus Crew SC[edit]

On January 20, 2018, Zardes signed for Columbus Crew SC in a swap deal that saw Ola Kamara head in the opposite direction.[17] After an injury plagued end to his Galaxy career, Zardes found new life in Columbus; scoring 11 goals in the first 19 games of the season, narrowly missing out on the 2018 MLS All-Star Game.[18] In response to Zardes missing the game, he garnered high praise from then Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter, who said “[a]bsolutely he should be,” “[t]o me it’s how he’s performed this year, not just scoring goals, but the work he does for the team has been outstanding. I think he’s one of the top strikers in the league.”[18] Zardes ended the 2018 season with 19 goals, earning the 2018 MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award.[19] On May 13, 2019, Zardes signed a multi-year contract extension with the Crew and was named a designated player.[20]

International career[edit]

Gyasi Zardes representing the United States on June 9, 2019

After a breakout 2014 season in which he scored 19 goals across all competitions, he received his first ever international call up to represent the United States in January 2015, for matches against Chile and Panama.[21] 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.[22] On February 8, 2015, Zardes made his first start for USMNT in a friendly against Panama, where he provided an assist to Dempsey in the second goal as the U.S. won 2–0.[23]

On June 5, 2015, Zardes scored his first goal for the United States in a friendly against the Netherlands.[24] Zardes was named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster and started in several matches, including a group stage fixture against Haiti where he provided the game-winning assist to Clint Dempsey one minute after coming on as a substitute at halftime.[25] He scored his first international competitive goal on July 18, 2015, in the Gold Cup quarterfinals against Cuba that ended in a 6–0 victory for the United States.[26]

Zardes was called up in the early stages of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification for the U.S. and scored the fifth goal in a 6–1 victory over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on November 13, 2015. He had been involved in conceding the first goal of the match to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines after a defensive error.[27] Zardes was named to the U.S. roster for the 2016 Copa América Centenario and scored twice in a warm-up friendly against Bolivia on May 28.[28] He scored the winning goal in the 2–1 quarterfinal match defeat of Ecuador in Seattle, finishing a shot by Clint Dempsey that was rolling towards the goal.[29]

Zardes played in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and did not score in the tournament, instead providing an assist to Jordan Morris in a narrow 3–2 victory over Martinique in the group stage.[30] His next international goal would come three years later in a friendly against Ecuador on March 21, 2019, which was won 1–0 by the United States.[31] Zardes joined the U.S. in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and scored the third of four goals in the team's opening group stage match against Guyana. A shot by Paul Arriola was deflected by a Guyanese defender, hitting Zardes in his left eye before bouncing into the goal.[32] In the next match against Trinidad and Tobago, Zardes scored twice in three minutes while the team reached the knockout stage with a 6–0 victory. Zardes was unable to complete his hat-trick, despite having several chances to do so, including a shot that hit the post.[33]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Zardes married his long-term girlfriend Madison Goodvin, a fellow student-athlete in Bakersfield. They have three children.[18] He is a practicing Christian and has a degree in criminal justice from Cal State Dominguez Hills.[3][18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of March 8, 2020[34][35]
Club Season League Playoffs[a] Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
LA Galaxy 2013 MLS 27 4 2 0 1 0 3 0 33 4
2014 32 16 5 1 2 2 2 0 41 19
2015 29 6 1 1 1 1 2 1 33 9
2016 19 6 0 0 2 0 2 0 23 6
2017 24 2 0 0 24 2
Total 131 34 8 2 6 3 9 1 154 40
LA Galaxy II (loan) 2014 USL Pro 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Columbus Crew SC 2018 MLS 33 19 3 1 0 0 36 20
2019 28 13 0 0 28 13
2020 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 63 33 3 1 0 0 0 0 66 34
Career total 195 68 11 3 6 3 9 1 221 75
  1. ^ All appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs


As of February 1, 2020[36]
United States
Year Apps Goals
2015 19 3
2016 12 3
2017 6 0
2018 3 0
2019 14 6
2020 1 0
Total 56 12

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the United States' goal tally first.[36]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 June 5, 2015 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Netherlands  Netherlands 1–1 4–3 Friendly
2 July 18, 2015 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, United States  Cuba 2–0 6–0 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3 November 13, 2015 Busch Stadium, St. Louis, United States  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 5–1 6–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 May 28, 2016 Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, United States  Bolivia 1–0 4–0 Friendly
5 3–0
6 June 16, 2016 CenturyLink Field, Seattle, United States  Ecuador 2–0 2–1 Copa América Centenario
7 March 21, 2019 Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, United States  Ecuador 1–0 1–0 Friendly
8 June 18, 2019 Allianz Field, Saint Paul, United States  Guyana 3–0 4–0 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
9 June 22, 2019 FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, United States  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 6–0
10 3–0
11 November 15, 2019 Exploria Stadium, Orlando, United States  Canada 2–0 4–1 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
12 4–1


LA Galaxy[34]


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