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Gyasi Zardes is now in tune with how the Colorado Rapids want to attack

Colorado Rapids assistant coach Wolde Harris has worked alongside several notable forwards as a player and coach.

Even in his first few months with the Rapids, Gyasi Zardes stood out. The 30-year-old has long been hailed for his goalscoring skill and professionalism.

Harris, the coach behind the Rapids’ offense, cultivated a deep sense of trust between Zardes and the Rapids’ offensive unit.

“It starts with a conversation and goes deeper,” Harris said.

For Zardes, building both confidence and the creative side of Colorado’s offense starts in the movie theater.

“I love it, man. We watch so many movies, I feel like a kid learning again,” Zardes said. his opinion. I like to take his opinion and also mine and try to apply it in the next game. That’s how I feel like I’m becoming a better striker and that’s how I learn.

Harris described this simple exchange of ideas not only as essential, but it helps him prepare Zardes’ teammates for the cues to look for when to press together, as well as the types of passes and runs to make. This has led to a lot more cohesion over the past few weeks. The Rapids went from a team nearly dead in the water to a team looking for the playoffs, just one win under the line.

“Sharing ideas is definitely a fun thing for me,” Harris said. “Now I understand Gyasi and his way of thinking – and that goes for all of our attackers. I’m better equipped with that understanding to help them win and recognize more opportunities, or recognize cues to help maintain the possession of the ball or obtaining goal-scoring opportunities.

The Rapids (6-8-6, 24 points) are undefeated in their last three games, and Zardes has played a key role scoring in each of the last two games. He has formed strong bonds with Jonathan Lewis, Michael Barrios and Diego Rubio.

Even when he had a dry spell to start his season – one goal in his first 10 games – Zardes looked across the dressing room and saw how others were doing and pushed himself to get back into shape with training and film work.

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