Four Star Daily: Victory report roundup, Zardes and Gonzalez

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The match reports this morning are abuzz about LA Galaxy rookie Gyasi Zardes who notched the lone goal for LA last night. There's also a feature on returning defender Omar Gonzalez.

  • Gyasi Zardes was the big hero last night, heading home a ball that ended two matches worth of scoreless-ness (second half vs. RSL, 0-0 against Portland, first half against Chivas) and a three match winless streak. That was the angle the LA Times took, while the LA Daily News went with positives over negatives. Zardes lifted the Galaxy past a Chivas USA team that played up despite only working with the new coach for two weeks and a mid-week game interruption.
  • The Daily News had another column from the match focused on Omar Gonzalez, and how he's really starting to come into his own. Certainly getting back Todd Dunivant last match and getting a shut out, then getting another with the return of Omar Gonzalez, is a positive sign for this club going forward. If only the goals flowed freer.
  • Zardes greatness has the Bakersfield papers abuzz as well. Zardes spent his NCAA years at Cal State Bakersfield while the Galaxy retained his Homegrown rights. The headline goes with big statement when referring to Zardes' impact and certainly the golden mohawk and the dancing make the rookie stand out. The more his talent shows the more he backs up that loud persona.
  • Elsewhere this morning, Jose Villarreal started again for the US U-20 team in the U-20 World Cup. He didn't score, but the team managed a 1-1 draw against a tough French side. With France and Spain in the group the US' best chance of advancing is likely as one of the top four third place sides. Their only match left is against Ghana, where they'll have to work to erase their -3 goal differential.
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