HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from LA Galaxy on Jan. 20, 2018.
After a breakout 2014 season in which he scored 16 goals to go with a pair of assists, Zardes has experienced tough times in the production department thanks in part to injury (2016) and the worst Galaxy season ever (2017). But his athletic prowess and movement remain strong points of his game and he will be seeking a career reboot with Crew SC in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: Through 2017 Zardes has collected 37 caps and 6 goals. Earned his first USMNT call up in January 2014 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and earned his first cap against Chile. The Southern California native has been a part of the USA's squads in the 2015 Gold Cup and 2016 Copa América Centenario, delivering a the winning goal in the latter tournament during a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Ecuador.
COLLEGE: Zardes burst onto the scene as a sophomore at CSU Bakersfield in 2011, scoring 18 times in 20 games while helping lead the Roadrunners 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.