- Position: Defender
- Date of Birth: 10/11/88
- College Experience: Maryland
- Pro Team: Toronto FC
- Height: 6'5"
- Weight: 205
- Caps: 52
- Goals: 3
After leaving the University of Maryland, the Los Angeles Galaxy made Omar Gonzalez the third-overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Entering Major League Soccer with high expectations, he delivered with a Rookie of the Year performance. A key part of the LA Galaxy championships, several European clubs expressed interest in Gonzalez. He joined FC Nurnberg in Germany’s Bundesliga on loan in 2012, but was injured in training. He returned to MLS in time to help LA to another MLS Cup with an MVP performance in the final.
At USMNT level, Omar established himself as a regular starter during the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. He was selected for the 2014 World Cup roster.
Gonzalez transferred to Liga MX club Pachuca for the 2016 Clausura season. He moved to Atlas for the 2018 Aperutra. In July 2019, Gonzalez returned to MLS with Toronto FC.
Omar Gonzalez USMNT Experience
2019: Started against Chile on Mar 26 and Jamaica on Jun 5. Named to the Gold Cup roster. Subbed on against Curacao on Jun 30.
2017: Started the Mar 24 World Cup qualifier against Honduras and against Panama in the WCQ on Mar 28. Subbed on for the second-half in the Venezuela friendly on Jun 3. Started against Mexico on Jun 11. Subbed on against Ghana on Jul 1. Started against Panama on Jul 8 in the Gold Cup opener. Started against Martinique on Jun 12 and scored. Started against El Salvador in the quarterfinals on Jul 19 and scored. Started the Jul 22 semifinal against Costa Rica and the final against Jamaica on Jul 26. Started against Honduras on Sep 5. Started the World Cup qualifier against Panama on Oct 6 and against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct 10.
2016: Started the World Cup qualifier against Guatemala on Mar 25. Started against Trinidad & Tobago on Sep 6. Started against New Zealand on Oct 11. Started against Mexico on Nov 11 and against Costa Rica on Nov 15.
2015: Started against Mexico on Apr 15. Started against Haiti in the Gold Cup group stage on Jul 10. Started the Gold Cup quarterfinal against Cuba on Jul 18 and scored the first goal of his USMNT career. Started against Panama in the 3rd-place game on Jul 25. Started the Sep 5 friendly against Peru.
2014: Started against Korea on Feb 1 and Mexico on Apr 2. Named to the final World Cup roster. Started against Azerbaijan on May 28th and subbed on against Nigeria on June 8th. Subbed on against Portugal on June 22nd. Started against Germany in the World Cup on June 26th. Started against Belgium in the Round of 16 on July 1st. Subbed on against Ecuador on Oct 10.
2013: Cap tied to the United States on Feb 26th playing in a World Cup Qualifier. Started against Mexico on Mar 26th and Germany on Jun 2nd. Started against Jamaica in the Jun 7 World Cup Qualifier, against Panama on Jun 11, and Jun 18 against Honduras. Joined the Gold Cup squad at the semifinal stage, subbing on late in the second-half of the final against Panama on Jul 28. Started against Costa Rica on Sep 6 and Mexico on Sep 10. Started against Scotland on Nov 15 and Austria on Nov 19.
2010: Debuted with the senior squad against Brazil on Aug 10th.
Omar Gonzalez Professional Experience
2018-19: Joined Atlas for the Apertura finishing in 17th-place and in 13th-place in the Clausura. Moved to MLS with Toronto in Jul 2019.
2017-18: Finished 12th in the Clausura with Pachuca, 9th in the Apertura.
2016-17: Won the Clausura with Pachuca. Finished 2nd in the Apertura exiting the playoffs in the quarterfinals.
2015: Made the playoffs with the Galaxy. Transferred to Liga MX club Pachuca in December.
2014: Won MLS Cup as a member of the LA Galaxy.
2013: Made the playoffs with the Galaxy.
2012: While on loan to Nurnberg in January, suffered an ACL injury. Recovered and named MVP of the 2012 MLS Cup.
2011: Another strong year for the Galaxy, winning the MLS Cup.
2010: Named to the All-Star team and Best XI in his second season with LA.
2009: Joined Los Angeles as the third pick in the SuperDraft. Part of a Galaxy squad that made the MLS Cup final.