A two-time MLS Cup winner, Zardes joined the Rapids in April 2022 from the Columbus Crew where he left as the club’s third all-time leading goal scorer. Since arriving in Colorado, Zardes has recorded nine goals and two assists and was named the Week 24 Continental Player of the Week. Zardes began his professional career in 2013 with his hometown club, the LA Galaxy, and went on to lead the side to the 2014 MLS Cup, becoming the first Homegrown Player to score in an MLS Cup Final. After suffering season-ending injuries in 2016 and 2017, Zardes returned to his best form in 2018 in his first season with the Crew, scoring 19 goals and earning the MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award. He went on to help the Midwestern side win the 2020 MLS Cup and 2021 Campeones Cup before his trade to the Rapids. On the international stage, Zardes has made 68 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team since his first cap in 2015, winning the 2017 and 2021 Concacaf Gold Cups.