Edit: It’s official now.
Gyasi Zardes’ season and year could be over. According to Ives Galarcep of Goal.com, the LA Galaxy and United States forward sustained a broken foot on Saturday night and could be out for the rest of the MLS season and possibly even until 2017.
If the worst diagnosis is true, that would rule Zardes out for the upcoming friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand in October and the start of the CONCACAF Hex in November assuming the USMNT get there.
The 24-year-old was planned to be a part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s original roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, but was forced to withdraw with an injury. It turns out that the injury was much worse than anyone imagined.
This is a very tough break for Zardes who has become an integral part of Klinsmann’s plans. He’s been a consistent starter for the USMNT over the past year. Last year he tied a record for most caps by a first-year national team in a calendar year. With six goals in 31 caps, he’s been an important piece.
It’s always sad to see a player pick up a significant injury. We wish him well in his recovery.
Here’s the tackle by Kendall Waston that the incident happened on: