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Columbus Crew Forward Gyasi Zardes to join United States Men’s national Team for FIFA World Cup Qualifies

Zardes and the USMNT take on Jamaica, Canada and Costa Rica in October Qualifiers

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew today announced that forward Gyasi Zardes has been selected to the United States Men’s National Team roster for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches during the October international break.

Zardes and the USMNT will face Jamaica at Q2 Stadium in Austin for its second home match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign on Thursday, Oct. 7 [7:30 p.m. ET / ESPN2, Univision, TUDN]. The USMNT will then travel to Panama City to face Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez on Sunday, Oct. 10 [6:00 p.m. ET / Paramount+, Universo].

The Stars and Stripes close out the window against Costa Rica, presented by Volkswagen, at the Crew’s new, modern home Lower.com Field in downtown Columbus on Wednesday, Oct. 13 [7:00 p.m. ET / ESPN2, UniMás, TUDN].

The 30-year-old has earned 62 caps for the United States and has 14 international goals and 10 assists to his credit. He last appeared in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Final against Mexico on August 1.

On September 25, Zardes made his 100th regular-season appearance for the Crew since joining the Club ahead of the 2018 MLS season. Over that span, he has registered 51 goals and six assists for the Black & Gold. Zardes scored his 50th and 51st goals against CF Montreal (September 25), en route to MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 27. With the brace, Zardes joins Jeff Cunningham (64 goals), Brian McBride (62 goals) and Federico Higuain (55 goals) as one of only four players in Crew history to score 50 or more regular-season goals for the Black & Gold.

Columbus Crew’s current roster features 11 players who have received a senior National Team call-up: Harrison Afful, Luis Diaz, Derrick Etienne, Jr., Waylon Francis, Liam Fraser, Perry Kitchen, Jonathan Mensah, Kevin Molino, Darlington Nagbe, Eloy Room and Gyasi Zardes.

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