HOW ACQUIRED: Signed by the Galaxy as a Homegrown player on December 20, 2012.
Zardes has firmly established himself as one of MLS' top American attackers, in large part thanks to a breakout 2014 season in which he scored 16 goals to go with a pair of assists. Thosugh his scoring numbers have been down in the years since (in part thanks to an injury that kept him out the second half of 2016), his athletic prowess and movement remain the strong points of his game. Able to play both as a winger and a forward, Zardes figures to be a key attacking contributor for LA for years to come.
INTERNATIONAL: Earned his first USMNT call up in January 2014 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. 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. 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.