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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 April 27, 2015.
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.
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".
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.
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