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Five To Shine: Gyasi Zardes, Rowdies' Tejada Among Featured

By Matt Reed -, 03/11/19, 1:30PM EDT


A weekly look at five USL League Two players turned professional

As USL League Two continues to grow, the league has pushed out more and more talented players to the ranks of professional soccer.

To highlight these tremendous talents, "Five To Shine" debuts this week to shine a spotlight on five former League Two-ers that put in the work over the weekend with their pro club.

In the first installment of "Five To Shine," Columbus Crew SC's Gyasi Zardes, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Orlando City SC rookies Juan Tejada and Kemal Miller, Zach Zandi of Bethlehem Steel FC and Newcastle United's DeAndre Yedlin made the list after shining over the weekend.

Zardes notched a brace in his side's 2-0 victory, while Juan Tejada and Zach Zandi each made major contributions for the Rowdies and Steel, respectively, in their USL Championship debuts -- both of which resulted in wins.

Below, check out how all five players performed over the weekend.





Weekly Notes

Former League Two Team

Gyasi Zardes Columbus Crew SC F Started and scored two goals in the Crew's 2-0 win. Ventura County Fusion
Juan Tejada Tampa Bay Rowdies F Started in his professional debut, and drew a penalty kick that led to the game-winning goal. Lakeland Tropics
Zach Zandi Bethlehem Steel FC F Scored a goal in his professional debut. and played 90 minutes. Tejada played 77 minutes before being substituted off. Reading United AC
Kamal Miller Orlando City SC D Started and played 90 minutes for the second straight match after being drafted by Orlando City in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. Reading United AC
DeAndre Yedlin Newcastle United D Started and played 90 minutes in Newcastle's 3-2 win over Everton on Saturday. Sounders FC U23

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