SBI MLS Player of the Week: Gyasi Zardes

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By DAN KARELL

Gyasi Zardes picked a great time to come out of a three-game scoreless drought.

The second-year forward bagged a brace in what was possibly the final Superclasico as we know it, as the LA Galaxy defeated Chivas USA, 3-0, on Sunday evening at the StubHub Center. Zardes’ performance made him our choice for SBI MLS Player of the Week.

Zardes, a Homegrown Player product, scored his first of the game in the 41st minute, taking a pass from Landon Donovan and firing a first-time strike that snuck into the far post. Zardes added his second in the 71st minute off a beautifully intricate goal, finding himself on the end of a 10-pass sequence and slotting into a wide-open net.

Zardes beat out Donovan, new Montreal Impact Designated Player Ignacio Piatti, and Bill Hamid for this week’s honors.

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What did you think of Zardes’ performance? Which player stood out to you in MLS Week 25?

Share your thoughts below.

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22 Responses to SBI MLS Player of the Week: Gyasi Zardes

  1. Northzax says:

    Should have been Hamid. I know keepers never get it, but of one ever did, a shutout, a stone cold save on the leading scorer in the league and an assist on the game winning goal? He controlled his box, his distribution was flawless Versus a brace against Chivas? That was as close to a perfect game as you will see from a keeper in a rivalry match.

    Think of it this way. If you replaced Zardes with a replacement level player, does LA still win? Most probably. You yourself said that the second goal was an open net. If you replace hamid with a replacement level keeper, does DC? Not likely. Hamid should be in the running for league MVP, not going to happen (defense wins games, chicks and reporters dig goals) I guess giving up four midweek hurt him,

    • Northzax says:

      The ‘reporters’ comment isn’t meant to be a dig here at you all, more of a general statement. The fact that he’s even in the conversation shows respect.

    • Brian says:

      I agree with you. Zardes is the lazy pick, earning a brace in the last game of the weekend. Hamid is a hard choice if we are considering the mid-week games as well. Landon may have been the best choice considering how well he played in both games.

    • unbeknownst says:

      Yeah, you’re right. Allowing four goals during the midweek pretty much eliminates you from POTW contention. Chivas held the Galaxy to less goals this week.

    • Limey says:

      “Giving up four in midweek hurt him” you think? I guess it’s possible…

  2. beachbum says:

    who knows about these picks, so arbitrary I don’t follow them

    but here’s Zardes’ first goal, that is a top shelf finish. I wonder if Jurgen calls him in and mentor’s him like he has Shea and gives him that support and belief? we’ll see
    link to youtube.com

    • Brian says:

      There is nothing “top shelf” about that finish. It is exactly what a striker should try to do. The keeper cheats near post so you slot it far post. Nothing fancy or exciting in it, just doing exactly what he should do. I am not downplaying the quality, just cutting out the hyperbole.

      • beachbum says:

        it’s not hyperbole Brian but I look forward to posting with you

        • Brian says:

          Keane’s chip was top shelf, both of the Zardes goals were what you want to see from a striker when he gets a clean look.

          • beachbum says:

            Keane’s chip was world class…this semantics discussion with you has been awesome

            • Ian says:

              +1
              Zardes is class. I hope he gets a look from Klinsmann. I’ll bet we see him at Camp Cupcake in Jan.

              • Benjamin C. says:

                I don’t see any reason to wait, he should get a call-up this fall. He is not getting exclusively garbage or fluke goals, he is showing athleticism and skill consistently now. Other than Dempsey, I would argue he is the most dangerous American scoring threat right now, regardless of league

      • Advocate says:

        Yes, “it is exactly what a striker should try to do.” But why does that mean it wasn’t “top shelf”? Zardes didn’t just try, he succeeded with a precisely placed first time strike that was impossible to stop or defend. The vast majority of strikers would have shot wide of the post or within reach of the keeper or would have tried first to settle the ball and gotten closed down as a result.

    • Louis Z says:

      I hope not, look what happened to Shea.

      In all seriousness, Zardes is not Shea.

      • Brian says:

        Shea was all speed with no idea what to do with the ball once he was in space. It worked in MLS because defending is so poor but it doesn’t make it at the international level. Zardes seems to be smarter than Shea and should really benefit from his time with Landon, Keane, and Bruce.

      • beachbum says:

        agreed. he could fill a similar role however and perhaps do it better. so I wonder what will happen…….

      • Gary Page says:

        I rarely miss a Galaxy game on TV and from what I can see, Zardes has more skill than Shea. He has shown himself to be an adept passer as well as being pretty good with the ball at his feet. He also seems to have more football smarts in the way of anticipating play, thinking ahead, and looking for the open man.

      • Dank says:

        The Brek Shea that tore up the league is not the same player who went to Stoke. He had already fallen off considerably both in MLS and with the Nats. Pressure/praise must have gone to his head a bit.

  3. Henry says:

    Plus Zardes has been slotted out wide by Bruce initially, which helped out his overall game, so Zardes CAN play on the wing, even if he’s not natural at it.

  4. Harry Knuckles says:

    Donovan should have got it.

  5. Lil'Zeke says:

    Best thing about Zardes is the way he translates a good attitude into excellence at every level (so far)