- For the White House intruder, see Omar J. Gonzalez.
Gonzalez with the United States in 2013
|Full name||Omar Alejandro Gonzalez|
|Date of birth||October 11, 1988|
|Place of birth||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|2005||IMG Soccer Academy|
|2012||→ 1. FC Nürnberg (loan)||0||(0)|
|2005||United States U17||2||(0)|
|2007||United States U18||3||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 28, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Omar Alejandro Gonzalez (born October 11, 1988 in Dallas, Texas) is an American soccer player of Mexican descent who currently plays for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer and the US Men's National Team.
Gonzalez played youth soccer for the Dallas Texans Soccer Club, and played college soccer at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he won the 2008 College Cup championship, was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-American First Team and First Team All-ACC, and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2007.
Gonzalez was drafted in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by Los Angeles Galaxy. Gonzalez began a regular feature in the Galaxy lineup from the start, scoring his first professional goal in April and was named MLS Rookie of the Year for helping lead the Galaxy from a last-place finish in 2008 to MLS Cup 2009, where they lost to Real Salt Lake on penalty kicks.
Gonzalez continued his strong form in 2010. He was named in his first MLS All-Star Game along with being named MLS Best XI as the Galaxy won the Supporters' Shield for the first time since 2002, in part due to conceding just 28 goals in 34 matches. The Galaxy, however, would fall at home to FC Dallas in the Western Conference final.
In 2011, paired alongside former college teammate A. J. DeLaGarza in the center of defense, Gonzalez led the Galaxy to the third-best defensive performance in MLS history, allowing just 28 goals in 34 matches. After repeating as Supporters' Shield winners, the Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo to win MLS Cup 2011. Gonzalez was again named an all-star and to MLS Best XI; for his efforts, he was also named MLS Defender of the Year.
In January 2012, Gonzalez was loaned to 1. FC Nuremberg of the Bundesliga until mid-February. During his first training session with his new club, Gonzalez suffered a torn ACL to his left knee after a collision with national teammate Timothy Chandler. He immediately headed back to the US to undergo surgery. After missing the first part of the 2012 MLS season, Gonzalez made his debut in July, playing in the first half only in a 2-1 Independence Day loss to the Philadelphia Union. Gonzalez went on to be Man of the Match in the 2012 MLS Cup, a 3-1 Galaxy triumph over the Houston Dynamo. He tied the match 1-1 by scoring on a header in the 60th minute.
As a youth, Gonzalez represented the U.S. at the Under-17 and Under-18 levels. In 2005 he played at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru, and in 2007 he played for the U.S. Under-18’s at the Pan-American Games, scoring twice in the USA's 4-2 loss to Bolivia.
In January 2013, Gonzalez was called up by Jurgen Klinsmann to the national team training camp. He started against Canada in a friendly on January 29. Klinsmann then announced that Gonzalez was on the roster for the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Hexagonal. On February 6, 2013, Gonzalez started a World Cup qualifier against Honduras; by playing this qualifier he is permanently tied to the United States and is no longer eligible to play for Mexico.
On March 26, 2013, Gonzalez was given the start at central defense in the United States' 0-0 draw in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. According to Jeff Carlisle of ESPN, Gonzalez "was the man of the match by a clear margin".
Gonzalez was included on Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and started the final group match against Germany, and the round of 16 match versus Belgium.
The son of Mexican parents, Gonzalez holds a Mexican passport and dual citizenship with both the United States and Mexico.
- MLS Rookie of the Year: 2009
- MLS Defender of the Year: 2011
- MLS Best XI of the Year: 2010, 2011, 2013
- MLS Cup MVP: 2012
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