Then, Kevin Baxter of The Los Angeles Times followed up on Twitter with a report of his own:
Zardes, 26, recently completed his fifth season in MLS, all with the Galaxy after signing a Homegrown contract before the 2013 season. 2017 was his most difficult season of his career, as he recovered from a foot injury that had prematurely ended his 2016 campaign. After getting clearance to play again, Zardes struggled in an attack that was missing Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, and scored just two goals and two assists in his customary striker position.
Late in the season, head coach Sigi Schmid, who took over the Galaxy after Curt Onalfo was fired midseason, experimented with Zardes, playing him at right back when LA were lacking options at that position due to injuries.