The American forward beat him to the back position in the Gold Cup in the Gold Cup on Sunday
Gyasi Zardes may be more of an outcast than a creative playmaker, but the U.S. men’s national team forward on Sunday put him in a glorious company.
Zardes helped the USMNT’s opening goal of the Gold Cup with a happy touch to the back post, which fell right on the oncoming Sam Vines.
Vines was able to go home to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead, while also helping Zardes get his 10th assist, placing him in a club with several USMNT legends.
Just behind Donovan
With the help, Zardes now has double-digit goals and assists, having also scored 12 goals in 57 total games for the USMNT.
He is the second fastest to double the mark in both goals and assists, just behind Landon Donovan, who has done so in seven fewer games.
Zardes’ 57 appearances put him ahead of Joe-Max Moore, DaMarcus Beasley and Eddie Lewis, who round out the other five fastest.
A total of 12 USMNT players reached the point, including Clint Dempsey, Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Earnie Stewart and Cobi Jones.
Donovan scored the ten-goal-ten-assist mark at just 22 years old, 101 days old, but no one else on the list does so before their 25th birthday.
The points from Zardes and Donovan may not last long as Christian Pulisic is about to start.
At 20 years old, 189 days old, Pulisic became the youngest USMNT player to score 10 goals against Chile in March 2019.
He has also had nine assistants in 38 appearances with each other, and the Chelsea star will likely rejoin in the autumn for the World Cup qualifiers.