HOW ACQUIRED: Signed by the Galaxy as a Homegrown player on December 20, 2012.
Entering just his fourth season as a pro, Zardes has already tallied almost 100 MLS regular season appearances, and almost 30 regular season goals. After an offseason of speculation linking the talented attacker to a host of European Clubs, Zardes penned a new deal on the eve of the 2016 campaign. Although his numbers were slightly down from his breakout 2014 year, where he won an MLS Cup, Zardes also established himself as a regular in the United States Mens National team in 2015. He will hope to combine both roles to greater effect, and contend for All-Star Status in 2016.
COLLEGE: Zardes sat out the 2009 season at CSU Bakersfield as a redshirt before debuting for the Roadrunners in 2010. Zardes burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 2011, scoring 18 times in 20 games while helping lead Bakersfield to a berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in school history. His 18 goals that season were the fourth most in Division I college soccer that year and he was selected the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top player in college soccer. In 2012, Zardes followed up his breakout season by scoring 15 goals and adding nine assists, each of which were team-highs, in 17 games.
INTERNATIONAL: Earned his first USMNT call up in January 2014 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann alongside Galaxy teammate Oscar Sorto. After training with the U.S. at StubHub Center, Zardes earned his first cap against Chile after entering the match as a second-half substitution. Zardes has 22 appearances and three goals to date for the senior team.