HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Pachuca and signed using Targeted Allocation Money on June 3, 2019.
Gonzalez is a big, physical center back who joins Toronto after spending over three years playing in Liga MX. He is one of the most celebrated defenders in MLS history and will hope to bring that experience to Toronto.
INTERNATIONAL: Gonzalez has earned 49 caps for the U.S. Men’s National team. He was part of the U.S. 2013 and 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup winning sides; and the roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. His most recent cap came on March 27, 2019 in a 1-1 friendly match against Chile. Gonzalez was recently named to the preliminary U.S. squad for the upcoming 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
OUTSIDE MLS: In December 2015, Gonzalez was sold and signed with C.F. Pachuca (Pachuca) of Liga MX. With Pachuca, he made 87 combined appearances with three goals and four assists. Gonzalez won three trophies with Pachuca including, the Clausura Liga MX championship (2016), 2016 Liga MX championship and the 2016-17 Concacaf Champions League. He later joined Atlas in July 2018.
NOTES: No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft...Three-time MLS Cup champions (2011, 2012, 2014)...two-time MLS Supporters’ Shield winner (2010, 2011)...Four-time MLS Best XI selection (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)...MLS Defender of the Year (2011)...MLS Rookie of the Year (2009).