LA Galaxy forward, Gyasi Zardes, scores a goal to seal the United States’ victory over Ecuador as they advance to the semi-finals of the Copa America tournament.
Gyasi Zardes recorded his fourth straight start for the United States Men’s National Team in the Copa America Centenario tournament. Jurgen Klinsmann’s faith in the LA Galaxy forward was rewarded when he netted his first goal of the tournament against Ecuador. The USA defeated Ecuador 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
The USMNT were able to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament with the win. They will next face off against the winner of Argentina and Venezuela. The team made history by reaching the final four in the tournament for the first time since 1995.
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The United States started off the scoring with a Clint Dempsey goal that came from a nice cross from Jermaine Jones. That score game in the 22nd minute and Zardes was able to double up the team’s lead in the second half. His goal came in the 65th minute off of an asset from Clint Dempsey.
Gyasi’s goal was an easy tap in after he won a header in the penalty box. His header found Dempsey who played the ball across the face of goal and Zardes just tapped the ball into the net. Michael Arroyo of Ecuador cut the U.S. lead to only 2-1 in the 74th minute when he scored his team’s only goal of the game.
Zardes’ goal proved to be the match deciding score. He has come up huge for the USMNT over the course of the Copa America tournament. Gyasi has also played the full 90 minutes in all four games. He will need to play even better in the team’s next match as they will be without two key players in Bobby Wood and Jermaine Jones who will each be suspended.
Gyasi Zardes has now recorded one goal and one assist in the Copa America tournament. He has been a vital part of the USMNT’s success and his pace down the wing has played a huge role. Even though some question his first touch, his explosiveness allows him to keep contributing to the team.
The LA galaxy forward will surely start for a fifth consecutive game in the semi-final match for the United States. Head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, seems to like his play on the wing as he has continued to trust Zardes. Gyasi will need to play at his best against Argentina or Venezuela.