Broken foot to sideline Gyasi Zardes for remainder of MLS season
LA Galaxy forward and United States international Gyasi Zardes has been diagnosed with a broken foot and will miss the remainder of the season, the Galaxy confirmed on Tuesday. Zardes broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
Zardes suffered the injury Saturday night during the Galaxy’s 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Originally picked to join the U.S. for his national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Zardes became a late scratch from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s 26-man roster.
Zardes, in his fourth year with the Galaxy, has made 17 starts in 19 MLS appearances this season, registering six goals and five assists while playing both forward and on the wing. In 107 career regular season appearances, Zardes has 32 goals and 16 assists.
Over the last 20 months, Zardes has also established himself as a regular with the U.S. national team, scoring six times in 31 appearances. He appeared at both the 2015 Gold Cup and 2016 Copa America Centenario tournaments.
With Zardes’ season be over, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena will turn to Sebastian Lletget, Mike Magee and Emmanuel Boateng for increased minutes in his 4-2-3-1 formation’s wide attacking positions. Giovani dos Santos has typically occupied the flank opposite Zardes, while Robbie Keane has been Arena’s first choice striker.
News of Zardes’ injury comes on a day when two other Galaxy absences have been reported. Jelle Van Damme, a regular starter this season in central defense, is expected to miss two-to-three weeks with a leg injury also incurred Saturday against Vancouver. Midfielder Nigel de Jong, signed this offseason from AC Milan, is currently negotiating a move to Galatasaray that could be completed by the Thursday close of Turkey’s transfer window.