Gyasi Zardes sidelined for rest of 2016

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

The Los Angeles Galaxy have announced that United States International striker Gyasi Zardes will sit out the remainder of the 2016 Major League Soccer Season due to a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

The 24-year-old Galaxy Homegrown product suffered the injury last Saturday during his side’s 0-0 draw against Western Conference side Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Since joining the Los Angeles Galaxy’s senior team in 2013, Zardes has played over a hundred matches, accumulating an impressive total of 32 goals and 15 assists. As of this year, the Hawthorne native has appeared in 19 matches for the Galaxy, netting six goals and providing five assists.

The L.A. Galaxy currently stands fourth in the Western Conference, only three points behind third-place Colorado Rapids. With the loss of Zardes as well as the potential sale of Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena will have to dig deep into his roster in order to conjure up adequate replacements.

In addition to Zardes missing out on the rest of the MLS season, the 24-year-old striker will sit out of the United States’ upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches against St. Vincent & Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago in early September.

  • Bird man

    This dude is overrated and should have left to Europe last year. I wish him a fast recovery but what was he thinking of staying in MLS and he’s obviously not World Cup material or dp material.
    He will probably end up in ligamx, the league where US players go for a big payday and better competition.
    Edson buddle 2.0