Who is Gyasi Zardes?
Gyasi Zardes is a promising American footballer who has represented the national soccer team in numerous international fixtures and presently plays for LA Galaxy, a major American soccer club. Zardes’ career took off while in college when he was selected as a squad member of the LA Galaxy Academy U-18’s team in US Soccer Development Academy. Thereafter, he made it to the Galaxy’s Under-20’s team, representing the squad in two successive seasons of the United Soccer League Super-20. Gyasi next headed to California State University, playing for CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners college soccer team for three straight years. He did not play a single game in his first year with Roadrunners but went out in the field in his sophomore year, debuting against Real Salt Lake. He scored 18 goals overall in 20 fixtures in that season, hugely contributing towards Bakersfield Roadrunners’ qualification for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) 1st Division soccer campaign—a first for the college team. His college level achievements merited him a nomination for the MAC Hermann Trophy. He was awarded the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player Trophy for assisting CSU Roadrunners to qualify in NCAA Division 1 Tournament. Head coach for the US Men’s National Team Jurgen Klinsmann personally favored Gyasi’s entry into the national squad. Zardes was also part of the team in every Copa America Centenario game in 2016.
Childhood & Early Life
Gyasi Zardes was born on 2nd September 1991 in Hawthorne City in the southwestern Los Angeles County in California to Linda Zardes and Glenn Zardes. Spending his early years in Hawthorne, he gradually became aware of the pitfalls infesting his neighborhood, including drug addiction and sporadic gang wars.
He recalls getting a lot of support from his parents, especially his father, and his grandparents that instilled self-confidence in him as he took to playing soccer when he was only four.
Gyasi has three elder brothers and the fact that all of them went on to play professional soccer inspired him to take up the sport as a child. He was already representing local and regional soccer clubs when he was just nine years old, and excelled in the midfield.
Zardes’s soccer career took off when he was picked up for LA Galaxy’s Under-18 squad—a professional football club competing in ‘Major League Soccer’ as a ‘Western Conference’ member.
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Gyasi Zardes is married to Madison Goodvin, an athlete, whom he had befriended while playing for CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners during his college years. The couple has a boy in May 2014 and named him Gyan Asher Zardes.
Gyasi Zardes, in order to make sure that he is distinguishable to his grandparents when he is playing, dyes his Mohawk-styled top a luminous yellow.