Video: Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes not sweating his lack of scoring in MLS playoffs

Gyasi Zardes hasn’t scored a goal for the Galaxy since recording his 16th of the regular season on Sept. 28. That covers a span of seven games, including the club’s three postseason outings.
He may be only 23 years old, but he refuses to show any signs of impatience. Not with the Galaxy one game away from playing in the MLS Cup.

“Yeah, just because I’m not scoring doesn’t mean anything,” Zardes said. “It’s a team effort and I feel like I’m making runs to allow other players to be open. I’m just trying to be a help to the team and the most important thing is to win games. It’s OK that I’m not scoring if we’re winning.”

The Galaxy hold a 1-0 lead over Seattle heading into Sunday’s second leg of the Western Conference finals in Seattle. Even without a goal, Zardes has adopted the Robbie Keane striker rule: Never look back and enjoy the moment.

“Oh yeah. Words cannot describe it for myself,” he said of his first playoff run. “This is my first time going this far, second year going pro, so I’m enjoying the moment and trying to work extremely hard.
“I brush it off. I can’t dwell on that. It’s a team and you’ve got to look toward the future. You can’t sit back and say ‘Oh, I didn’t score.’ Just keep working on the field like I’ve been doing and the results will come. If they don’t hey, it’s OK, our team is winning.”

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Weekly Soccer Column: MLS Playoff Shootout in Seattle Sunday for LA Galaxy-Sounders

1124_SPO_LDN_L-GALAXY-WLGoal scorer Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho celebrate Sunday as the Galaxy take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of the Western Conference Final Sunday in Seattle. (Photo by Staff photographer Will Lester).

MLS2014Read more about the series with a place at MLS Cup at stake in this week’s column.

Incidentally, the Galaxy expect both A.J. DeLaGarza and Marcelo Sarvas, both subbed out Sunday with injury concerns, to be available for selection this weekend.

The Galaxy will face Chad Marshall on the Seattle back line; he was named MLS Defender of the Year today, while his Galaxy counterpart DeLaGarza was named MLS Humanitarian of the Year.

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Monday Major League Soccer Video Highlights: LA Galaxy-Sounders, NYRB-New England Revolution

Two engrossing games, finely poised for the return legs.

Los Angeles News Group Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has the MLS Western Conference final game story, while the Seattle view is here.

A photo gallery is here.

More in Tuesday’s column.

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Major League Soccer Western Conference Final: LA Galaxy-Seattle Sounders live at 2 p.m. on ESPN

Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the Western Conference Final Preview between the Galaxy and Sounders; the Pacific Northwest perspective is here.

The Eastern Conference Final first leg between the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls kicked off at 11 a.m. Pacific on NBCSN.

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Major League Soccer Conference Finals: LA Galaxy V. Sounders FC, NY Red Bulls V. New England Revolution

It’s not just the Galaxy V. the Sounders, it’s Sigi Schmid V. Bruce Arena

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