By Cory Ritzau, LA
The Los Angeles Galaxy have been known for logging some of the biggest signings in MLS history, but this offseason’s youth movement continued with the addition of the talented Homegrown striker Gyasi Zardes.
Zardes, a big fast 6’2″ sriker, is regarded by scouts as one of the top talents eligible for Homegrown status.
His addition along with three U-20 U.S. National Team players Jose Villareal, Jack McBean, and Oscar Sorto leaves the Galaxy not only with a nice crop of young talent, but also needed depth that does not count against the Salary Cap.
Zardes took the time speak with the local media following his signing this morning. He was courteous and well spoken, a young man who grew up just 10 minutes away from the Home Depot Center, who recalled his poster of David Beckham on the wall when the Englishman signed and attended countless games to see Cobi jones and later Landon Donovan.
“It is just exciting to finally be a part of the LA Galaxy family,” said Zardes, “A new chapter in my life begins, but it is going to be a lot of hard work.”
That “hard work” could potentially land him alongside Robbie Keane with Edson Buddle having been traded and Donovan’s future undecided. When asked to describe himself he noted his best attributes to be his speed with and without the ball, as well as his workrate.
With the addition of three Homegrown players, the Galaxy roster is filled with more players who no do not count against the Salary cap. Given the addition of allocation money with the MLS Cup victory and the trade of Edson Buddle, the Galaxy are now freed to make more agressive moves in bringing back players like Juninho (perhaps permanently), re-sign Mike Magee, and pursue a third Designated Player.