USMNT: Predicting America’s Next Wave of Exports

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Sep 14, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes (11) works the ball around San Jose Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez (21) during the second half at Buck Shaw Stadium. San Jose and Los Angeles played to a 1-1tie. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Gyasi Zardes (F)- LA Galaxy

Age: 23

Best fit for: England, Germany

Big frame and exceptionally built? Check. Great work ethic? Double-check. Funky haircut? That’s a triple-check for what Europeans want in a target forward.  A European move would be beneficial for the young LA Galaxy star, who has the incredible fortune of playing the position where the USMNT is thinnest. I know we have a lot of forwards, but how many big TARGET forwards do we have? Just the out of form Altidore, who is the #1 by default, really.  Altidore’s European experience gives him an edge over Gyasi, but a European move by the former Cal State product would quickly level the playing field.