World Cup 2014

World Cup Memories: Dream of making World Cup is 20 years in the making for Omar Gonzalez

World Cup Memories: Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan

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Gabriel de los Rios / MLSsoccer.com

We're down to one hand. Four fingers to be exact. That's how long before the opening ceremonies of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

And this time it's Omar Gonzalez's turn to be part of a World Cup after his mother (in 1994) and his buddy in 2010. The LA Galaxy defender elaborates:


My first memory of any World Cup would have to be the '94 World Cup. My mom volunteered to help work at the stadium. So I got to go to some games. I don't know what teams were playing on the field, but just being there at the Cotton Bowl and watching them play, and seeing the fans' reactions and passion for the game cheering their country on was really quite amazing.

That's when I started my dream to hopefully one day play in a World Cup.

Looking back, I think the most vivid memory of a World Cup game for me has to be in 2010 when Landon [Donovan] scored that goal. I think everyone was happy about that particular moment and just scoring that goal and putting us past [the group stage]. That is probably the most vivid memory.

I'm good friends with Landon and to see him score that goal was great. I was cheering him on and cheering on the US team. That was really special.

Have you had family or friends involved in a World Cup? How many of your family and friends are traveling to Brazil?

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Clint Dempsey: Childhood dreams come true with a single goal

Bruce Arena: First World Cup game? Only one of the biggest upsets in history

Landon Donovan: Baggio's missed PK in '94 leaves profound impact on US great

Kyle Beckerman: The Saudi Arabian who inspired RSL's World Cup hopeful

Jason deVos: 1986ers pave the way for future Canadian national team star

Will Johnson: Timbers captain experiences agony and ecstasy in 120 minutes in 1998

Michael Bradley: The miracle comeback that he helped author in South Africa 2010

Carlos Valderrama: The goal that brings goosebumps to every Colombian

Clint Mathis: The Mohawk and the Red Sea in South Korea

Robbie Keane: Lady Luck shines on Republic of Ireland in 2002

Tim Cahill: RBNY star goes down in the history books in 2006

Grant Wahl: How the 1998 final shaped a Sports Illustrated writer's career

Jermain Defoe: Consolation for not making it to Brazil? His goal in 2010

Nick Rimando: RSL 'keeper fulfills a dream hatched in Pasadena in 1994

Peter Vermes: Sporting KC boss lived the greatest World Cup atmosphere

Matt Besler: The chills and thrill of Landon Donovan's Algeria goal

Mike Magee: Best World Cup PK ever taken? Of course, it was Zizou

Gregg Berhalter: The greatest goal you've probably never seen

Javier Morales: The World Cup-winning goal he couldn't bare to watch

Julio Cesar: Can Toronto FC 'keeper emulate his childhood hero in Brazil?

Brian McBride: Awkward excitment -- the flying hug between Reyna and McBride

Thierry Henry: When breaking things was permitted in the Henry household

Jesse Marsch: Go on the US bench for Donovan's Algeria game-winner

Claudio Reyna: US legend explains why they call it the Goal of the Century

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