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Galaxy Academy begins to show its class with alumni like Gyasi Zardes
Galaxy Academy begins to show its class with alumni like Gyasi Zardes

You can follow Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes like he has a beacon on top of his head. His blond mohawk certainly draws attention, but so do all the goals he's scored in his breakout season with the Galaxy. The 22-year-old Zardes is also the first homegrown product from the Galaxy Academy youth teams to have a major impact on the first team. "It's like a snowball going downhill," said Peter Vagenas, academy director and former Galaxy player. "It's gaining momentum and getting bigger each and every day, and … it's a pretty fantastic project to be part of." Zardes (pronounced ZAR-des), who grew up in Hawthorne, started playing for Galaxy...

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