2018 (Columbus): Gyasi Zardes has made 30 regular-season appearances (all starts as a forward), scoring 11 goals. He scored a goal while playing all 90 minutes during the first match of the season on the road against Toronto FC (March 3), his Crew SC debut. In the home opening match against the Montreal Impact (March 10), Zardes recorded a brace, including a game-winning penalty kick goal in the 90+4 minute. Zardes was named to MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week following his two goal performance against Montreal. He also played all 90 minutes against the Philadelphia Union (March 17) and D.C. United (March 24). He scored his fourth goal of the season in a home match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC (March 31), and he scored his fifth goal of the season in a home match against the New England Revolution (April 21). Zardes recorded his 125th MLS start in a home match against the San Jose Earthquakes (April 28). He scored his six goal of the season in a home match against the Philadelphia Union (May 9). The goal was also his second game-winning goal of the 2018 MLS regular season. In the following match against the Chicago Fire (May 12), Zardes recorded a brace. Zardes’ performances against the Union and the Fire earned him a MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week, and Alcatel Player of the Week honors. Zardes scored his 9th goal of the season in a home match against Toronto FC (June 2). In a home match against the New York Red Bulls (June 9), he scored his 10th goal of the season, and extended his streak of consecutive home matches with a goal to four. After starting in matches against Atlanta United FC (June 13) and Los Angeles FC (June 23), Zardes scored his second pnalty kick goal of the season in a home match against Real Salt Lake (June 30). He started in an international friendly at home against Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa (July 3), scoring a goal in the 28th minute of the match. In a home match against Orlando City SC (July 21), Zardes recorded his third brace of the 2018 MLS regular-season, scoring in the 51st and 88th minute. In a home match against the Houston Dynamo (August 11), Zardes scored the game-winning goal in the first-minute of second-half stoppage time, and he was named to MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week for his efforts. The follwoing week, he scored a goal in a road match against Atlanta United FC (August 19). The following week, he scored a goal in a road match against Atlanta United FC (August 19). Zardes made two appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team in friendlies against Brazil (September 7) and Mexico (September 11). After returning from international duty, Zardes started in a road contest against FC Dallas (September 15) and in a home match against the Colorado Rapids (September 22). Against the Rapids, he scored his 16th goal of the 2018 MLS regular season, which was also the 50th regular-season goal of his MLS career.
2017 (Los Angeles): Zardes made 24 regular-season appearances (23 starts) in 2017, registering six goals and five assists. He was twice selected for MLS Team of the Week. He suffered a season-ending foot injury in August that kept him from making more appearances. He made his season debut in a home contest against FC Dallas (March 4).
2016 (Los Angeles): Zardes made 19 regular-season appearances (17 starts) in 2016, registering six goals and a career-high five assists. He made his season debut in a March 6, 4-1 home victory over D.C. United. He was twice selected for MLS Team of the Week. Zardes suffered a season-ending foot injury in August that kept him from making more appearances.
2015 (Los Angeles): Zardes made 29 regular-season appearances (27 starts) in 2015, registering six goals and four assists. He made his season debut in a 2-0 home victory against the Chicago Fire (March 6). Zardes ranked third amongst his teammates in MLS regular-season minutes played, helping his team to a seventh straight MLS Cup Playoffs appearance. He recorded one goal and one assist in the Galaxy’s loss to Seattle Sounders FC in and MLS Cup Playoffs match (October 28).
2014 (Los Angeles): Zardes made 32 regular-season appearances (26 starts), tallying a career-high 16 goals while providing two assists. He made his season debut in a home contest against Real Salt Lake (March 8). Zardes set a Homegrown Player record for goals scored during a single MLS regular season. He scored the opening goal in the club’s 2-1 MLS Cup victory over the New England Revolution (December 7) to help the Galaxy win their fifth MLS Cup title, becoming the first Homegrown Player to accomplish this feat.
2013: Zardes signed with the LA Galaxy as a Homegrown Player on December 20, 2012. He made 27 regular-season appearances (23 starts) during his rookie year, tallying four goals and four assists. Zardes made his first team debut against Real Salt Lake (April 27), coming on for Jack McBean on the 53rd minute. He scored his first goal on his third first team appearance against Vancouver Whitecap FC (May 11). Zardes finished his first season starting in 23 games out of 27 appearances, where he tallied four goals and four assists. Additionally, he started twice in the MLS Cup Playoffs. He finished fourth in MLS Rookie of the Year voting.
Zardes has been a prominent member of the U.S. Men’s National team, earning 40 caps (31 starts) and tallying six goals since making his debut in a friendly against Chile on January 28, 2015. He scored his first goal for the Stars and Stripes in a 4-3 win against the Netherlands on June 5, 2015. Zardes’s most recent cap came in a 2-1 victory over Jamaica in the 2017 Gold Cup on July 27. On January 8 of 2018, he was among the players called up by Dave Sarachan for the U.S. Men’s January Camp. He featured in a friendly match as a starter against Bosnia-Herzegovina on January 28, 2018 and in a friendly against Brazil on September 7, 2018. Most recently, Zardes started in a friendly against Mexico on September 11, 2018.
Zardes attended Cal State University Bakersfield from 2009-2012, making 56 appearances while tallying 33 goals and 18 assists. He sat out the 2009 season as a redshirt before debuting for the Roadrunners in 2010, tallying five goals and a team-best seven assists. In 2011, the forward scored 18 times in 20 games, leading the Roadrunners to a berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in school history en route to being selected the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year. He was also a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2011, an award given annually to the top player in college soccer. In 2012, Zardes followed up his breakout season by scoring 15 goals and adding nine assists – team-highs – in 17 games, while helping the Roadrunners record a winning record for the fourth consecutive season.
Zardes played for the Galaxy Academy Under-18 side during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 Development Academy seasons, as well as with the Galaxy U-20 squad in the 2009 and 2010 USL Super-20 campaigns.
Columbus Crew SC acquires forward Gyasi Zardes and $400,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from the LA Galaxy in exchange for forward Ola Kamara on January 20, 2018. Should Kamara score 12 or more goals for the Galaxy, Crew SC would receive $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.
Name: Gyasi Zardes (pronounced: JAH-see sar-DES)
Born: September 2, 1991 in Los Angeles, California
Hometown: Hawthorne, California
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Acquired by Crew SC from the LA Galaxy in exchange for forward Ola Kamara
Previous Experience: LA Galaxy (2013-2017)
Zardes lives with his wife, Madison. The couple have three children. During his free time, Zardes enjoys reading books, particularly educational books about finances. In addition to soccer, he plays golf in his free time. Zardes plays video games, particularly the FIFA and Call of Duty franchises. His favorite actors are Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Zardes listens to all types of music and plays his guitar in his spare time. His favorite dish is chicken parmesan. Zardes’ favorite place to go to is the beach. Zardes previously played with current teammate Hector Jimenez at LA Galaxy in 2012. He speaks English and some Spanish.