Gyasi Zardes has certainly humbled himself — or perhaps it was playing under Bruce Arena, and alongside Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan in his rookie season that did it — since an interview he did with MLSsoccer.com during the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
In that interview Zardes proclaimed, "My skill is going to blow your mind." It was a very bold statement for a rookie Homegrown Player that had yet to make his professional debut.
Zardes is still yet to "blow our minds," but he has put together an all-around solid rookie season in 2013, scoring four goals and assisting on four more while appearing in 27 league games for the two-time defending MLS Cup champions. He also put in a 90-minute shift in the Galaxy's 1-0 Western Conference Semifinal first-leg victory over Real Salt Lake on Sunday night.
Last week, KICKTV caught up with Jay DeMerit for the debut of their latest series, "Follow Me." This week, it's all about Gyasi Zardes.
One of the first things that sticks out about Zardes is his hair — a thick mohawk dyed blond with his natural black hair remaining on the sides — and that may give fans the impression that Zardes does it to be flashy. That, along with making statements like the one in the above interview, would make it tough to blame them.
These boots probably don't help out his case very much, either, for what it's worth. But Zardes lays out for KICKTV the real reason for his distinctly bold hairdo, and it has nothing to do with fame and attention.
Also, no professional athlete that cares whatsoever about upholding an air of glitz and glamor would so proudly boast of being beaten on the golf course a couple times a week, by an 11-year-old child.