Report: LA Galaxy say they won't rule out signing Omar Gonzalez to Designated Player contract
Can you name the number of defenders who have been signed to Designated Player contracts in MLS history?
Well, unless you count ex-RBNY import Rafa Márquez and former Toronto FC captain Torsten Frings, both of whom played a majority of their MLS matches in midfield, there hasn't been one.
But LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez could become the first pure defender to be a DP in the league.
That's according to ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas, who tweeted about a conversation he had with LA Galaxy president Chris Klein regarding the future of Gonzalez, whose MLS contract expires at the end of 2013.
The @lagalaxy President Chris Klein told me he'd like to keep Omar Gonzalez and Omar wants to stay. He wouldn't rule out making him a DP.
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) April 7, 2013
What do you think of the potential move? Should the Galaxy lock up the 24-year-old US national team player even though it could cost them a DP spot? Would you use one of your maximum three DP slots on a defender?
Let us know your thoughts in the poll and comment section below.
And watch Gonzalez and the Galaxy as they attempt to revert a 2-1 first-leg deficit in their aggregate-goal CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series against Monterrey on Wednesday night (10 pm ET, Fox Soccer, live chat on MLSsoccer.com).