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 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.
In August 2013, Gonzalez became Galaxy's third Designated Player after signing a new multi-year contract, rumored to be an annual average of more than $1.5 million. Gonzalez is the first pure center back to ever earn a Designated Player contract in Major League Soccer.
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".
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.
The son of Mexican parents, Gonzalez holds a Mexican passport and dual citizenship with both the United States and Mexico. He has a wife named Erica and a daughter name Isla Jay Gonzalez.