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Omar Gonzalez
Men's National Team

Omar Gonzalez

Defender Caps/Goals - 48/3
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    6-5 / 210

  • Hometown

    Dallas, Texas

  • Club

    Pachuca (Mexico)

An imposing defender who is dangerous on set pieces, Gonzalez has emerged as a reliable option on the U.S. MNT’s back line. Appearing in three of the USA’s matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Gonzalez earned his first National Team cap in 2010 with a start against Brazil and the dual U.S. and Mexico citizen became cap-tied to the U.S. National Team on March 26, 2013. 

The 2011 MLS Defender of the Year and four-time MLS Best XI selection, Gonzalez won three MLS Cups over his seven seasons with the LA Galaxy and shined in his first full year with Liga MX side Pachuca, helping the club to the 2016 Clausura championship, before leading Los Tuzos to the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League title.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Continued his string of winning trophies with his move to Mexico, helping Pachuca to the 2016 Liga MX Clausura championship and 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League title.
  • Appeared in five of six matches in helping the USA claim the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, earning tournament Best XI honors in the process
  • Has three international goals, all of which have come in CONCACAF Gold Cup play
  • Appeared in three matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including starts against Germany and the Round of 16 game against Belgium
  • Made a career-high 14 appearances for the U.S. MNT in 2013 and became cap-tied to the squad with his start against Mexico on March 26
  • Named the 2012 MLS Cup MVP as the LA Galaxy won its second straight league crown
  • A four-time member of the MLS Best XI (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)

Personal: Holds an American and Mexican passport ... Parents are Adrian and Maria ... He and wife Erica have two girls … Has three siblings: Roxanna, Adrian and Luisanna ... His uncle, Lalo Rodriguez Plata, played for Monterrey in the Mexican Primera División ... Favorite music is country ... His favorite offseason activity is relaxing and flying his drone … Has been featured in the ESPN the Magazine Body issue and on the cover of Overlap ... He and wife Erica welcomed their first child Isla in October of 2013 and second, Collette in June 2016 … Has two dogs: Crunchy and Larry


U.S. National Team – 2017: Led all center backs with 13 appearances … Started 11 matches and recorded a career best two goals … Appeared in five of six CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, earning Best XI honors as the USA claimed its sixth confederation title … Appeared in six of eight Final Round World Cup Qualifiers … Contributed to four of the team’s seven clean sheets … Scored his second career goal when he tallied the opening marker in the USA’s 3-2 Gold Cup Group Stage win vs. Martinique (July 12) … Earned Man of the Match honors and recorded his first career game-winner when he headed home in the USA’s 2-0 Quarterfinal win vs. El Salvador (July 19) … 2016: Made five appearances for the MNT, including four in World Cup Qualifying … 2015: Started and appeared in six matches, tallying his first international goal against Cuba in the Gold Cup Quarterfinals on July 18 … Contributed to four of the team’s six shutouts … 2014: Appeared in eight matches, with four starts … Made his World Cup debut when he entered in the 90th minute of the 2-2 draw against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus … Went on to start at center back against Germany and Belgium …  2013: Tied for third on the U.S. MNT with 14 appearances during the year and was second in minutes played with 1,172, trailing only DaMarcus Beasley … Gonzalez, who holds dual citizenship in the USA and Mexico, became cap-tied to the U.S. MNT with his start in the scoreless draw against Mexico on Feb. 26 at Estadio Azteca … 2012: Did not make an appearance for the U.S. MNT … 2011: Made one appearance for the USA, earning the start during the team’s 1-1 draw against Chile on Jan. 22. First Appearance: Aug. 10, 2010, vs. Brazil … First Goal: July 18, 2015, vs. Cuba … First World Cup Appearance: June 22, 2014 vs. Portugal First World Cup Goal: none First WCQ Appearance: Feb. 6, 2013 at Honduras … First WCQ Goal: none … First WCQ Assist: none


Professional – 2017/18: Appeared in nine matches during the Apertura 2017 tournament … Recorded an assist in a 1-1 draw at Atlas (Nov. 17) … Took part in five Copa MX matches, tallying two goals while helping Pachuca navigate to the Apertura 2017 Final … Appeared in all three matches and started two as Pachuca finished third at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup …. Appeared in 15 of 17 matches during the Clausura 2017 tournament … Appeared in all six Knockout Round matches of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League, helping Pachuca to the regional crown … With the confederation championship, Gonzalez became the first MNT player to collect the trifecta of the CONCACAF Champions League, Liga MX title and MLS Cup … 2016: Appeared in 17 Liga MX matches, helping Pachuca to a second-place finish during the Apertura 2016 … Appeared in three of four CONCACAF Champions League matches, tallying an assist in a 4-4 draw with Honduran club Olimpia on Oct. 19 to help Pachuca to the competition’s Quarterfinal stageMade 22 appearances as a stalwart center back for Pachuca on their run to the 2016 Liga MX Clausura title … Scored his first goal in dramatic fashion, tallying in the 88th minute to earn a 1-1 draw at Pumas UNAM on Feb. 7 … 2015: Brought to end his seven-year run with the LA Galaxy when he transferred to Liga MX club Pachuca on Dec. 22, 2015 … Appeared in 30 games for the LA Galaxy, recording one goal and three assists … Named to the 2015 MLS All-Star Team, started and played 45 minutes in the side’s 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on July 29 in Commerce City, Colo. … Tallied a 94th minute game-winner in the Galaxy’s 2-1 win vs. Sporting KC on April 18 …  2014: Gonzalez anchored a Galaxy backline that allowed an MLS-low 37 goals all season, starting in 22 regular season matches in addition to all five MLS Cup Playoff matches. In addition to his contributions from his position in central defense, he scored a career-high four goals and added a career-high two assists on the season. For his efforts, he was named an MLS All-Star, to the MLS Best XI and a Finalist for MLS Defender of the Year ... 2013: Tallied a goal and two assists in 27 regular-season games in his fifth campaign with the LA Galaxy, earning MLS Best XI honors for the third time in his career … Became the LA Galaxy’s third Designated Player when he signed a multi-year contract in August … 2012: Was loaned to Nuremberg in the Bundesliga at the start of the year, but tore his left ACL in training and never made an appearance … Played in 14 regular-season games during his shortened MLS season and then thrived in the postseason where he was the 2012 MLS Cup MVP as the LA Galaxy won its second straight league championship … 2011: Was named MLS Defender of the Year, MLS Best XI, was an MLS All Star, and led the LA Galaxy to its third MLS Cup crown … Was part of a Galaxy defense that allowed only 28 goals in 34 regular-season games.

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College: A three-year starter at the University of Maryland, Gonzalez started all 69 of the games in which he appeared in for the Terrapins, helping them win the NCAA Championship as a junior in 2008 … Finished his college career with seven goals and five assists before turning pro after his junior season ... He had a career-high five goals to go along with one assist during his junior season in 2008 when he was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-American First Team and First Team All-ACC while also being named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is given out annually to the country’s best college soccer player … In the NCAA Tournament, Gonzalez spearheaded a Maryland defense that allowed just one goal in five games and was named the College Cup Defensive MVP … The 2007 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Gonzalez was also named to Second Team All ACC and NSCAA/adidas All-American Third Team that season after claiming All-ACC Freshman Team and Soccer America Second Team All-Freshman honors the previous year.


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