Omar Gonzalez

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Omar Gonzalez
Austria vs. USA 2013-11-19 (077).jpg
Gonzalez with the United States in 2013
Personal information
Full name Omar Alejandro Gonzalez[1]
Date of birth (1988-10-11) October 11, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Dallas, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy
Number 4
Youth career
2001–2006 Dallas Texans
2005 IMG Soccer Academy
2006–2008 Maryland Terrapins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– LA Galaxy 157 (12)
2012 1. FC Nürnberg (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2005 United States U17 2 (0)
2007 United States U18 3 (2)
2010– United States 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 April 2015

Omar Alejandro Gonzalez (born October 11, 1988) is an American soccer player who 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.[citation needed]


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[2] and was named MLS Rookie of the Year for helping lead the Galaxy from a last-place finish in 2008.[3]

Omar Gonzalez playing San Jose on August 21, 2010

In January 2012, Gonzalez was loaned to 1. FC Nuremberg of the Bundesliga until mid-February.[4] During his first training session with his new club, Gonzalez suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament to his left knee after a collision with national teammate Timothy Chandler. He immediately headed back to the US to undergo surgery.[5]


On March 26, 2013, Gonzalez was given the start in 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".[6]

Gonzalez was included on Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Gonzalez started in the final group match against Germany, and the round of 16 match versus Belgium.[7]

Personal life[edit]

The son of Mexican parents, Gonzalez holds a Mexican passport and dual citizenship with both the United States and Mexico. He has a wife name Erica and a daughter name Isla Jay Gonzalez.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 32. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Rapids 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 2 (Close Finish) - 4/4/2009 - Football - Are You Watching This?!". 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Galaxy soar from worst to first". 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  4. ^ Nick Firchau. "Galaxy hero Gonzalez loaned to FC Nurnberg". Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Gonzalez tears ACL at Nurnberg". Soccer By Ives. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Women's International Friendly". Espn Fc. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Omar Gonzalez, starting for U.S. in World Cup". Kevin Baxter. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 

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