- Position: Forward
- Date of Birth: 09/02/1991
- College Experience: Cal State Bakersfield
- Pro Team: Columbus
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 180
- Caps: 40
- Goals: 6
Gyasi Zardes is a member of the USMNT, emerging from an LA Galaxy squad that featured several USMNT players. Zardes joined the Galaxy as a youth player, moving to Cal State Bakersfield for college before returning to the Galaxy as a professional through the MLS Homegrown Player rule. He made his debut in LA early in the 2013 season and won the MLS Cup in 2014. In 2018, Zardes joined the Columbus Crew.
As a USMNT player, Zardes first joined the senior squad for the January 2015 camp, scoring his first goal in a high profile friendly away to the Netherlands.
Gyasi Zardes USMNT Experience
2018: Started the Jan 28 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Subbed on against Brazil on Sep 7 and started against Mexico on Sep 11.
2017: Subbed on against Ghana on Jul 1. Subbed on against Panama on Jul 8 in the Gold Cup opener. Started against Martinique on Jun 12. Started against El Salvador in the quarterfinals on Jul 19. Subbed on against Costa Rica in the semifinals on Jul 22 and against Jamaica in the final on Jul 26.
2016: Started against Iceland on Jan 31 and Canada on Feb 5. Subbed on against Guatemala in World Cup qualifying on Mar 25 and started on Mar 29. Started against Ecuador on May 25. Started against Bolivia on May 28, scoring twice in the 4-0 win. Started in the Copa Centenario opener against Colombia on Jun 4 and against Costa Rica on Jun 7. Started against Paraguay on Jun 11. Started against Ecuador in the Copa Centenario quarterfinals on Jun 16 and scored and against Argentina in the semifinals on Jun 21. Started against Colombia in the 3rd-place game on Jun 25.
2015: Called into the January camp, making his first appearances for the USMNT. Quickly becoming a regular, Zardes scored his first goal on Jun 5 in the comeback win over the Netherlands at Amsterdam Arena. Named to the 2015 Gold Cup squad, starting the Group A opener against Honduras on Jul 7. Subbed on at halftime against Haiti on Jul 10 and almost immediately assisted on a goal. Started against Panama on Jul 13. Started the Gold Cup quarterfinal against Cuba on Jul 18 and scored. Started the Gold Cup semifinal against Jamaica on Jul 22. Started the Sep 5 friendly against Peru and the Sep 8 friendly against Brazil. Started the Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico on Oct 10. Started against Costa Rica on Oct 13. Started the World Cup qualifier against St Vincent and the Grenadines on Nov 13 and scored. Started against Trinidad & Tobago on Nov 18.
Gyasi Zardes Professional Experience
2018: Traded to the Columbus Crew on January 20. Won Comeback Player of the Year.
2017: Spent his final season with the LA Galaxy, missing the playoffs.
2016: Finished third in the West with LA, advancing to the conference semifinals.
2015: Exited the playoffs in the Western Conference knockout round.
2014: An MLS Cup winner with the Galaxy, playing in 32 MLS games in his second season as a pro.
2013: Joined the Galaxy as a Homegrown Player after spending his youth soccer career with the MLS club. Made his MLS debut on Apr 27. Played in 27 games with the Galaxy.
College: Played for Cal State Bakersfield from 2010-12. Had a strong 2011 season with Cal State Bakersfield, winning his conference Player of the Year award.