The 23-year-old forward was late joining up with the rest of the Galaxy team as he was busy impressing with the US Men’s National Team earlier this month but he played 72 minutes in the friendly against Hammarby in Sweden on Monday.Embed from Getty Images
The Galaxy lost that game 2-1 but Zardes earned an early penalty that Robbie Keane converted and the young star was lively throughout.
Bruce Arena’s side are now in Ireland preparing to take on Shamrock Rovers this Saturday and Zardes thinks the team is looking good.
“We’re getting ready pretty good. We’re having good training sessions so I think we’re going to be ready for this weekend,” he told the club’s official YouTube channel.
“I think the team is looking great. I know I’m fired up and these guys are as well so I’m really looking forward just preparing for March 6.
“You’ve got to go on and battle these teams with different styles. We went to Sweden and that was a different style and here in Ireland is going to be different too so we’re just adapting and matching up with our opponents.”
Zardes found the net 16 times last year and set an MLS record for most goals by a Homegrown player in a single season.
He has quickly become one of the most exciting attacking players in the league and LA Galaxy fans will be looking forward to seeing him back in action when they kick the new season off in a fortnight.
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