Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Zardes makes statement about finishing
by Paul Kennedy, February 16th, 2014 5:15PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  los angeles galaxy, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Perhaps no MLS rookie exhibited more raw talent in 2013 than Gyasi Zardes. The knock on the CSU Bakersfield product was that he could not finish. He seems to have corrected that flaw in his game. For the second time in a week, he scored for LA Galaxy, this time a golazo in its 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes before a sellout crowd of 12,659 fans at Fresno's Chukchansi Park in the first Central California Cup.

(Click here for Zardes' goal.)

The Galaxy was already leading on Marcelo Sarvas' first-half goal when Zardes padded the lead in the 54th minute. He burst past three San Jose defenders and launched a rocket over Jon Busch to make it 2-0. (After both teams made lineup changes en masse, Earthquakes academy defender Josh Morton, who is committed to Cal, scored to reduce the Galaxy's lead.)

The first part -- beating defenders -- Zardes was doing all last season. The second part -- converting his chances -- came less often. He scored only four goals on 78 shots, the most by any Galaxy player and 12th in the league. The problem was, only 23 of the 78 shots hit the frame.

2013 MLS Goals, Rookies:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
10 Deshorn Brown (Colorado)
6 Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver)
5 Dillon Powers (Colorado)
5 Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC)
4 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
4 Adam Jahn (San Jose)
3 Devon Sandoval (Real Salt Lake)

A forward in college, Zardes was used mostly on the left side of midfield in 2013. But with Landon Donovan moving back into midfield in 2014, Zardes has been used in both midfield and up front. He played alongside first-year Canadian Rob Friend in the second half of the 2-1 win over FC Shirak, started in midfield with Donovan in the midweek scrimmage against UNAM in Mexico City and started up front alongside first-year Brazilian Samuel in the 2-1 win over the Quakes.

"I think the entire evening was very good," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said of Zardes in a post-game interview with LA Galaxy Insider. "We’re going to be playing him this year both at forward and in midfield.”



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
2014 NPSL All-League Team    
[AWARDS] Two players each from the NPSL finalists New York Red Bulls U-23s (Victor Manosalvas and ...
U.S. women to face Mexico twice in September    
[DATEBOOK] The U.S. women's national team has scheduled its second and third pre-Women's World Cup qualifying ...
MLS: Three games to watch    
[PREVIEW: Week 21] The MLS weekend schedule, which again includes a Friday night special (Philadelphia-Sporting Kansas ...
Bayern edges Chivas without World Cup stars    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Peruvian Claudio Pizarro scored in the 10th minute to give German champion Bayern Munich ...
Quakes make investment in Argentine Perez Garcia    
[MLS: Thursday] In need of an offensive spark, the San Jose Earthquakes have signed 29-year-old Argentine ...
U.S. U-17s earn first win in Denmark    
[OPEN NORDIC TOURNAMENT] After losing its first two games to host Denmark and Norway, the U.S. ...
Kiss on the Neck: Sportsmanship taken to new level?    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] After a pair of players clashed in a Copa do Brazil ...
Super Solo Effort in FA Women's Super League    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Manchester City’s 17-year-old midfielder, Natasha Flint, took the ball in our own half, ...
Women's World Cup dress rehearsal begins Tuesday    
[COUNTDOWN: Canada 2014] Twelve years after hosting the first FIFA youth championship for women, Canada will ...
ESPN will broadcast 17 U-20 Women's World Cup matches    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] In its last FIFA world championship before rights revert to Fox next ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives