Crew striker Gyasi Zardes unsurprisingly was included on the MLS Team of the Week for Week 27 after his brace against CF Montreal on Saturday. He was also named the MLS Player of the Week. The American striker scored two nice goals for the Black & Gold in a 2-1 win with a header in the first half and a left-footed shot from outside the 18-yard boox in the second half.
These may not be the only awards for Zardes this week. The striker will certainly be in the running for Goal of the Week for his second-half long-range finish.
“I haven’t watched it back,” said Zardes after Saturday’s games. “But (Darlington) Nagbe won it (the ball), I turned and, if they are going to give me the time and space, I can shoot like that with my left or my right foot. So, I was glad that it went in. But I need to do that more.”
This season, Zardes has scored seven goals in MLS play, which has him tied with Lucas Zelarayan for the most on the team. Zardes has scored three goals in his last two games as the Crew tries to make a push for the MLS Cup playoffs. October could be a huge month for the 30-year-old striker with six Black & Gold games and a possible call-up to the United States Men’s National Team for World Cup qualifying.
The past 12 months have been exceptional for Zardes with an MLS Cup title, a Gold Cup title and multiple MLS team of the week appearances. He also hit a Crew milestone on Saturday with his 50th and 51st regular season goals for Columbus in his 100th regular season appearance.
Zardes could win his third trophy since December if the Crew get a victory in the Campeones Cup on Wednesday against Cruz Azul at Lower.com Field. This is the club’s first chance to win a continental trophy and its first match against a Liga MX side since May’s 3-0 loss to Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
Team of the Week: Maxime Crepeau (Vancouver Whitecaps); Claudio Bravo (Portland Timbers), Jakob Glesnes (Philadelphia Union), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Yimmi Chara (Portland Timbers), Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC), Joao Paulo (Seattle Sounders), Eduardo Lopez (San Jose Earthquakes), Julian Gressel (D.C. United), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew), Adam Buksa (New England Revolution)
Coach: Bruce Arena (New England Revolution)
Bench: Carlos Coronel (New York Red Bulls), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Jose Martinez (Philadelphia Union), Diego Chara (Portland Timbers), Franco Fragapane (Minnesota United), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Moussa Djitte (Austin FC)