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Electric L.A. forward Gyasi Zardes deserves a look with the USMNT

Aug 2, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

Gyasi Zardes, DeAndre Yedlin AP

There’s a Los Angeles Galaxy attacker that deserves a chance from Jurgen Klinsmann, and his name is not Landon Donovan.

He’s Gyasi Zardes and, from the shock of yellow hair on his head to his electric skill set, he is begging to be noticed.

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There aren’t an abundance of big, young American strikers with finishing finesse and Zardes, frankly, has been among the most dominant players to wear the Galaxy crest this season. The 22-year-old stands 6-foot-2 and, if not for Robbie Keane, he’d be an easy No. 1 pick as the most impactful Galaxy attacker of late.

Zardes, 22, showed the aforementioned skills against Portland on Saturday afternoon with a six-shot, one-goal performance, but it’s his powerfully-headed goal that should get him into Klinsmann’s conversation (at the very least for January camp).

How does he get that open (besides poor defending)?

The U.S. is facing a busy few years on the men’s soccer circuit, with a Gold Cup, Copa America Centenario and Summer Olympics qualifying slate heading its way. They will need plenty of attacking options, and Zardes has made his case. Now let’s see how he can perform for the States.

“Gyasinho” has eight goals in 17 games this season, with just 11 of those appearances being starts. Seven have come in his last eight games, as Zardes has reaped the reward of playing alongside a red-hot Robbie Keane.

With his size and speed, Zardes is the sort of player who will draw the attention of European eyes. Here’s hoping the first pair belong to Klinsmann (or at least the American-Uruguayan eyes of Tab Ramos)

  1. soundsofsuccess7 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Glad to see Zardes getting some recognition.

    If Clint Dempsey and Wondo are out of the picture in 2018, I definitely expect Zardes to be on the squad.

    At 21, there’s nowhere for Gyasi to go but up.

  2. soundsofsuccess7 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    *accidentally typed 21, my mistake. 22 is still pretty young..

  3. acorp11 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    His movement off the ball is awful though… LOTS of room for improvement there

    • thfc54 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Of course..he is 22 and just beginning to learn….not like the European Academies that teach that at 13 years old.

    • Sgc - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      I think his off-ball movement WAS lousy last year, and maybe early this year, but he’s starting to pop up in the right spots, and you’re seeing the results, goals in 6 games in a row now.

  4. drewvt6 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    It’s really amazing how far he’s come in one season. It’s was so terribly disturbing watching him rush shot after shot last year, blasting many into the upper deck.

  5. mszyman12014 - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Young man in Northern Los Angeles, Similar playing ability, size, height and intelligence, at 21 years old, did his athletic work in our most popular sport College Football and is a 17 year homegrown product of Los Angeles, submitted work to Los Angeles Galaxy, interesting to see how they will view his goals. Seems this breed of player is the new style of leadership in Los Angeles.

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