Updated May 5, 2022
OMAR GONZALEZ AT A GLANCE:
- Three-time MLS Cup champion and two-time Supporters’ Shield winner with the LA Galaxy.
- 2011 MLS Defender of the Year is a four -time MLS Best XI selection.
- Won 2016 Liga MX Championship and 2017 Concacaf Champions League title with Pachuca.
- Capped 53 times by U.S. Men’s National Team including three appearances in the 2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Brazil.
- Owns 250 regular season appearances, 243 starts, 16 goals and 12 assists over 21,607 minutes played.
- 27 career starts in the MLS Cup Playoff starts are second most among active players.
MLS CAREER: An 11-year veteran, has appeared in 250 MLS regular season matches, notching 16 goals and 12 assists over 21,607 minutes played…Signed with Toronto FC in June 2019 after spending parts of four seasons in Liga MX, making 64 appearances for the club, with 61 starts, and tallying four goals and two assists…Began MLS career with the LA Galaxy after being selected third overall by the club in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft…Made 223 appearances across all competitions, including 180 regular season matches, for the LA Galaxy over seven seasons, recording 12 goals and 10 assists to go along with three MLS Cup titles…Has an additional two goals in 27 appearances, all starts, during the MLS Cup Playoffs…Debuted for the Galaxy as a rookie in 2009, setting a career high with 30 appearances, all starts, while adding a goal and an assist…Started all four postseason matches for the Galaxy in 2009…Won 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year…Made 28 appearances, all starts, for the Galaxy in 2010, registering two goals and helping the Galaxy to a Supporters’ Shield crown…Added a goal and an assist over three games in the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs…Made MLS Best XI for the first time in his career, also earning an MLS All-Star selection and was named a finalist for the MLS Defender of the Year…Started in all 29 matches he appeared in for the Galaxy in 2011, scoring two goals and adding an assist to help the club capture a Supporters’ Shield and an MLS Cup title…Named 2011 MLS Defender of the Year and second straight MLS Best XI selection…Made four additional postseason appearances in 2011…Limited to just 14 regular-season appearances, including 13 starts, in 2012 after suffering a knee injury while on loan with German club FC Nürnberg in January, tallying a goal and an assist as the Galaxy won a second straight MLS Cup title…Set a career-high with six postseason appearances in 2012, tallying one goal…Started in all 27 of his matches in 2013, registering a goal, two assists, and a career-high 19 shots…Played all 210 minutes during the 2013 postseason for the Galaxy…Named to the MLS Best XI for a third time in four seasons following the 2013 campaign…Made 22 appearances, all starts, for the Galaxy in 2014, tallying a career-high four goals along with two assists to help the Galaxy to a third MLS Cup title…Started all five of the Galaxy’s MLS Cup Playoff matches in 2014, recording one assist…Earned 2014 MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI selections and was a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year…Matched a career high with 30 appearances, 29 starts, for the Galaxy in 2015, notching a goal and a career-best three assists…Made final appearances for the Galaxy in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs…Sold to Club Pachuca following the 2015 MLS season…Returned to MLS midway through the 2019 season to sign with Toronto FC, starting all 14 games for the Reds in the second half of the season as the club fell in the MLS Cup Final…Made one postseason appearance for Toronto in 2019, starting and playing 90 minutes…Appeared in all 23 regular season matches for Toronto FC during the shortened 2020 campaign, starting on 21 occasions…Also featured in Toronto’s lone playoff match in 2020, logging 111 minutes…Started 26 of 27 matches for Toronto FC during the 2021 season, scoring three goals with one assist.
2022: Has appeared in six games, starting four of them, with 393 minutes played…Made an additional two appearances in SCCL play, surpassing 2,500 minutes played and reaching 30 appearances in the tournament…(2/26) at POR: Made his Revolution debut with a full 90-minute outing and two shots on target in the 2-2 road draw…Marked 240th start in MLS…(4/23) at DC: Suited up for his 250th appearance in MLS.
2021 (with Toronto FC): Appeared in 27 matches, starting all but one, with three goals and one assist over 2,298 minutes played…Netted three goals, including two game-winners, and logged one assist…(4/17) vs. MTL: Started the season with a complete 90-minute outing in 4-3 loss…(5/12) vs. CLB: Assisted Jozy Altidore’s goal in the 2-0 win…Finished with two shots, one on goal…(5/15) at NYC: Collected his fifth consecutive 90-minute performance in 1-1 draw on the road…(6/26) at CIN: Made 225th appearance in MLS…(7/7) at NE: Started and played all 90 minutes in the 3-2 win on the road…Snapped five-match winless streak…(7/24) at CHI: Registered 50th appearance in a Toronto uniform…(8/1) vs. NSH: Netted Toronto’s lone goal of the match in the 1-1 draw…Started and played all 90 minutes…(9/18) vs. NSH: Scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute of the 2-1 victory…Marked 15th goal in MLS career…(10/3) vs. CHI: Scored a goal for the second time over the last four matches…Finished with two shots over 90 minutes…(10/30) at ATL: Started and played 45 minutes in final appearance of the season.
2020 (with Toronto FC): Appeared in 23 matches, including 21 starts, with 1,871 minutes played…Added one start in the MLS Cup Playoffs…Made three additional starts in the MLS is Back Tournament…(2/29) at SJ: Started and posted a complete 90-minute outing in season opener, a 2-2 draw on the road…Collected 15th appearance in a Toronto uniform…(3/7) vs. NYC: Helped guide Toronto to its first clean sheet of the season, a 1-0 win at home…(7/13) MLS is Back Tournament vs. DC: Featured in the Starting XI and played 64 minutes in the opening match of the MLS is Back Tournament….(7/16) MLS is Back Tournament vs. MTL: Started and played all 90 minutes in the 4-3 win…(7/21) MLS is Back Tournament vs. NE: Recorded two shots over the 90-minute outing in the 0-0 draw…(8/18) vs. VAN: Collected 200th MLS appearance in the 3-0 shutout win at home…(8/28) at MTL: Registered 200th start in MLS…Played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 shutout win…(10/7) at NE: Appeared off the bench for the first time in 2020, playing the final minutes of the 1-0 clean-sheet win on the road…(10/11) at CIN: Returned to the Starting XI and played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 triumph…Recorded two shots, one on target…(11/8) at NYRB: Played all 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss on MLS Decision Day…Postseason: (11/24) vs. NSH: Started and played all 111 minutes in the 1-0 extra-time loss in Round One of the MLS Cup Playoffs…Eclipsed 2,500 minutes played in the postseason.
2019 (with Toronto FC): Returned to MLS after three seasons in Liga MX, signing with Toronto FC on June 3…Started all 14 of his appearances and scored one goal with one assist over 1,260 minutes played…Made one additional start in the MLS Cup Playoffs, playing all 90 minutes in the MLS Cup Final at Seattle…(7/13) at MTL: Made his first MLS appearance since 2015, a full 90-minute start, in 2-0 win at Montreal…(7/17) vs. NYRB: Collected second consecutive full 90-minute outing in 3-1 victory…Logged one shot…(7/27) vs. CIN: Reached the scoresheet with an assist on Nick DeLeon’s opening goal in the 16th minute…Added one shot over the complete 90-minute performance…(9/29) at CHI: Scored the game-tying goal in the 80th minute on Alejandro Pozuelo’s assist…Finished with two shots over 90 minutes played…(10/6) vs. CLB: Concluded the regular season with a full 90-minute outing in 1-0 shutout win…Postseason: Missed Toronto’s opening match of the MLS Cup Playoffs, a 5-1 win over D.C. United in Round One, with a hamstring injury…Was available off the bench for Toronto’s next two postseason matches but did not play…(11/10) at SEA: Returned to action with a 90-minute start in the MLS Cup Final, a 3-1 loss to the Sounders on the road.
2015 (with LA Galaxy): Appeared in 30 matches, matching his personal-best, including 29 starts…Netted one goal and logged a career-high three assists, including one game-winner, over 2,577 minutes played…Earned MLS All-Star honors…Made one additional start, a full 90-minute shift, in the MLS Cup Playoffs…(3/6) vs. CHI: Recorded one assist in the season opener, providing the service on Robbie Keane’s first goal of the season…Played all 90 minutes in the start…Marked 150th start in MLS league play…(3/15) at POR: Tallied three shots, including one on goal, in 90-minute outing…(4/12) vs. SEA: Logged the game-winning assist in 1-0 home win…(4/18) vs. SKC: Netted the game-winning goal in stoppage time…Posted a 12-minute shift off the bench…(4/26) at NYRB: Returned to the Starting XI and played all 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw…(6/20) vs. PHI: Collected one assist in 5-1 win…(9/12) vs. MTL: Suited up for 175th appearance in MLS…Started and played all 90 minutes in the scoreless draw…(9/27) vs. DAL: Posted 175th start in MLS…Started and played all 90 minutes with two shots, one on target, in the 3-2 triumph…(10/25) at SKC: Closed the regular season with a full 90-minute performance on the road…Marked 180th MLS appearance…Postseason: (10/29) at SEA: Started and played all 90 minutes in central defense in the Knockout Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
2014 (with LA Galaxy): Started all 22 of his appearances and helped LA Galaxy to a third MLS Cup title in four seasons…Netted a career-best four goals and logged two assists over 1,902 minutes played…Collected 18 shots, including a personal-high 10 shots on goal…Defensively, anchored a backline that allowed a league-low 37 goals on the season…Named a MLS Best XI selection for the fourth time…Also earned MLS All-Star honors and named a finalist for the MLS Defender of the Year award…Started five matches in the MLS Cup Playoffs and logged one assist over 480 minutes played…(3/8) vs. RSL: Started and posted a 90-minute effort in the season opener, a 1-0 home defeat…(3/22) at RSL: Featured in the Starting XI and played all 90 minutes for the second consecutive match, a 1-1 draw on the road…(4/19) at VAN: Reached the scoresheet for the first time on the season with an assist on Robbie Keane’s go-ahead goal in the 77th minute…(8/8) vs. SJ: Opened his 2014 account with a 49th-minute goal, an equalizer…Tallied three shots in the draw, including two on goal…(8/20) at COL: Registered first goal-and-assist performance in MLS…Provided the assist on the game-tying strike…Finished the 90-minute effort with three shots, two on goal…(8/27) vs. DC: Netted third goal over the last five games, with a 25th-minute tally on Landon Donovan’s assist…Marked 10th career goal in MLS…(9/14) at SJ: Delivered the lone goal for Los Angeles in the 1-1 draw…(10/19) vs. SEA: Collected 150th MLS appearance in the 2-2 draw…Played 88 minutes in final appearance of the regular season…Postseason: (11/2) at RSL: Opened the MLS Cup Playoffs campaign with a 90-minute outing in 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals…Marked 20th postseason appearance and start…(11/10) vs. RSL: Started and played all 90 minutes in 5-0 win in the second leg of the conference semifinals…(11/23) vs. SEA: Started and played all 90 minutes in 1-0 win in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals…(11/30) at SEA: Collected one assist in the 2-1 loss in the second leg of the Western Conference Finals, helping Los Angeles advance to the MLS Cup Final…(12/7) vs. NE: Started and played all 120 minutes in the MLS Cup Final, helping the Galaxy to a 2-1 win for the club’s fifth MLS Cup title.
2013 (with LA Galaxy): Started all 27 of his appearances en route to his third MLS Best XI selection…Netted one goal and logged two assists over 2,368 minutes played…Named Galaxy Defender of the Year for the third time…(3/3) vs. CHI: Reached the scoresheet in the season opener with an assist on Robbie Keane’s goal in the 80th minute…Started and played all 90 minutes in the 4-0 shutout win…(8/17) vs. RSL: Opened his 2013 account with a 75th-minute goal on Landon Donovan’s assist…Registered a career-high four shots, one on goal, over the 90-minute performance…(9/29) at POR: Logged 125th MLS appearance in the road loss…(10/6) vs. CHV: Made 125th MLS start in 5-0 win…Tallied one shot over the 45-minute start…(10/27) at SEA: Closed the regular season with a full 90-minute effort in the 1-1 draw…Had one shot on goal…Postseason: (11/4) vs. RSL: Started and played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 shutout win in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals…(11/8) at RSL: Started and played all 120 minutes in the second leg of the conference semifinals, a 2-0 defeat.
2012 (with LA Galaxy): Missed most of the regular season after suffering a torn ACL during a loan stint with FC Nürnberg…Appeared in 14 games, making 13 starts, with one goal and one assist over 1,147 minutes played in the regular season… Made an additional six starts during the MLS Cup Playoffs with one goal to help the Galaxy to a second straight MLS Cup title…(7/4) vs. PHI: Returned to action with a 45-minute performance in season debut…(7/21) vs. CHV: Appeared off the bench for first time in MLS career…Played 22 minutes as a substitute to help close the 3-1 victory with one assist…(7/28) at DAL: Returned to the Starting XI and played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 clean-sheet win…(8/5) at SEA: Started and played all 90 minutes for the second consecutive match…(8/12) vs. CHV: Scored one goal over a 90-minute start in 4-0 win…(10/21) at SJ: Recorded 100th MLS appearance… Started and played all 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw… Logged one shot on goal…(10/28) vs. SEA: Closed the regular season with a 90-minute start, helping the Galaxy’s backline record a clean sheet in the 1-0 win…Postseason: (11/2) vs. VAN: Started and played all 90 minutes to help Los Angeles secure a 2-1 win in the Western Conference Wild Card match…(11/5) at SJ: Started and played all 90 minutes in 1-0 loss in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals…(11/8) vs. SJ: Helped Los Angeles to a 3-1 win in the second leg of the conference semifinals…(11/12) vs. SEA: Posted a full 90-minute shift and helped the Galaxy to a 3-0 shutout win in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals…Marked 15th appearance in postseason play…(11/19) at SEA: Started and played all 90 minutes in the 2-1 win in the second leg of the conference finals…(12/1) vs. HOU: Netted the game-tying goal on a 60th-minute header and was named the MLS Cup Final MVP…Started and played all 90 minutes in the 3-1 win as the Galaxy won their second consecutive MLS Cup title and fourth in club history…Surpassed 1,500 minutes played in the postseason.
2011 (with LA Galaxy): Earned MLS Defender of the Year and Galaxy Defender of the Year honors…Selected to the MLS Best XI side for the second consecutive season…Helped the Galaxy claim the third MLS Cup in club history, the first of his career… Started all 29 of his appearances with two goals and one assist over 2,599 minutes played…Guided a Galaxy backline that conceded the fewest goals in the league and matched a MLS record with 17 clean sheets, with two more in the MLS Cup Playoffs and three more in Concacaf Champions League Play…Helped Los Angeles win the Supporters’ Shield for the second straight season and third time in club history…Started all four postseason matches and played every minute in the playoffs as Los Angeles collected its third MLS Cup…(4/2) vs. PHI: After missing first three games of the season, returned to the Starting XI with a full 90-minute effort…Logged one shot in the 1-0 win…(4/9) at DC: Started and played all 90 minutes for the second consecutive match…Marked 60th MLS appearance and start…(4/17) at CHI: Netted first goal of the season, the eventual game-winner, in the 72nd minute of the 2-1 road win…(5/1) at DAL: Totaled two shots over 90 minutes in the road defeat…(7/4) vs. SEA: Suited up for 75th MLS appearance and start, posting a 79-minute outing in the 0-0 draw…(8/6) vs. DAL: Netted an unassisted goal in the 3-1 home win…Marked fifth career goal in MLS…(9/5) at KC: Reached the scoresheet for the second time in the last three games with an assist in the 25th minute…(10/16) vs. CHV: Closed the regular season with a full 90-minute outing…Postseason: (10/30) at NYRB: Started and played all 90 minutes in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals… Helped the Galaxy’s backline to a 1-0 shutout win…(11/4) vs. NYRB: Started and played all 90 minutes in the 2-1 win in the second leg of the conference semifinals…(11/7) vs. RSL: Logged one assist in the Western Conference Final, helping the Galaxy to a 3-1 win…(11/21) vs. HOU: Started and played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 win in the MLS Cup Final…Surpassed 1,000 minutes played in the postseason.
2010 (with LA Galaxy): Started all of 28 of his appearances and netted two goals over 2,520 minutes played…Named a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year and a MLS Best XI selection….Named the Galaxy’s Defender of the Year after leading the club in appearances and minutes played amongst all field players…Earned his first MLS All-Star selection…Helped Los Angeles win the Supporters’ Shield… Added three starts in the MLS Cup Playoffs with one goal and one assist…(3/27) vs. NE: Opened the season with a 90-minute performance in the 1-0 shutout win…(4/17) vs. RSL: Posted a full 90-minute shift in the Galaxy’s fourth consecutive win, a 2-1 victory…(5/8) at SEA: Opened his 2010 account with a 52nd minute tally in the 4-0 clean-sheet victory…(6/5) vs. HOU: Started, played all 90 minutes and helped Los Angeles extend its unbeaten streak to 12 consecutive matches, 10-0-2, to open the season…(8/21) at SJ: Collected 50th MLS appearance and start in 1-0 defeat…(9/4) at CHI: Netted second goal of the season, a game-tying strike in stoppage time, in 1-1 draw…(10/24) vs. DAL: Finished the regular season with a full 90-minute performance in 2-1 victory…Postseason: (11/1) at SEA: Collected one assist, his first in postseason play, in 1-0 shutout victory in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals…(11/8) vs. SEA: Opened his MLS Cup Playoffs account with a goal in the 27th minute, the eventual game-winner, in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals…(11/15) vs. DAL: Started and played all 90 minutes in the Western Conference Final.
2009 (with LA Galaxy): Named MLS Rookie of the Year as the only Galaxy player to start all 30 of the club’s matches in the regular season… Netted one goal and logged one assist over 2,672 minutes played… Started all four of the Galaxy’s matches in the MLS Cup Playoffs, en route to an appearance in the MLS Cup Final…(3/22) vs. DC: Started and played a full 90-minute shift in MLS debut…Logged two shots in the draw…(4/4) vs. COL: Netted first MLS goal in complete 90-minute performance…(5/23) at DAL: Registered 10th MLS appearance and start, a full 90-minute outing….Logged one shot on goal…(8/8) at NE: Collected 20th MLS appearance and start, playing all 90 minutes in the win…(8/29) vs. CHV: Registered first MLS assist on David Beckham’s game-winning goal…(10/24) vs. SJ: Closed the regular season with a full 90-minute effort in 2-0 shutout win…Postseason: (11/2) at CHV: Logged MLS Cup Playoffs debut in the opening leg of the Western Conference Semifinals…Played all 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw…(11/9) vs. CHV: Helped the Galaxy’s defense to a 1-0 shutout in the second leg of the conference semifinal round…(11/14) vs. HOU: Started and played 120 minutes in the 2-0 win in the Western Conference Final…(11/23) vs. RSL: Started and played 89 minutes in the MLS Cup Final.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Featured for Liga MX clubs Atlas and Pachuca between 2016-19, initially signing with the latter and spending one season on loan with the former…Sold to Club Pachuca following the 2015 MLS campaign, where he made 88 appearances for the club across all competitions, tallying three goals and four assists…Won three trophies while at Pachuca – 2016 Liga MX Clausura, 2016 Liga MX title, and the 2016-17 Concacaf Champions League…Added 36 appearances across all competitions while on loan with Atlas in 2018-19, registering two goals…Also loaned to German club FC Nürnberg in 2012, but did not see match action due to injury.
2018-19 (Atlas): Sent on loan to Atlas Guadalajara prior to the 2018-19 Liga MX season…Appeared in 28 games for Atlas, 16 during the Apertura and 12 during the Clausura, totaling two goals…Also made three appearances in the Copa MX Apertura and five more during the Copa MX Clausura…(10/6) at Santos Laguna: Recorded first goal for Atlas in a 3-1 loss…(10/20) vs. Tiburones: Scored in a second straight match, a game-winner in second-half stoppage time…(11/25) at Monterrey: Recorded his 75th appearance in Liga MX…(5/5) vs. Monterrey: Made final appearance in Liga MX, playing all 90 minutes and helping keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.
2017-18 (Pachuca): Appeared in 14 matches over the course of the season for Pachuca, nine during the Apertura and five during the Clausura…Added six appearances in the Copa MX Apertura and two more appearances in the Copa MX Clausura competitions…(9/13) vs. Cimarrones: Tallied a second-half game-winner in the Copa MX Apertura Group Stage finale…(9/28) vs. Cruz Azul: Registered his 50th appearance in Liga MX, helping keep a clean sheet in a 4-0 win…(11/18) at Atlas: Registered final assist for the club in a 1-1 road draw…(11/22) vs. Atlante: Scored the game-winning goal in the Copa MX Apertura semifinals…Played 212 minutes during the 2017 Club World Cup, helping the club to a third-place finish with wins over Wydad Casablanca (MAR) and Al-Jazira (UAE) and an extra time defeat to Gremio (BRA) in the semifinals.
2016-17 (Pachuca): Made 29 appearances for Pachuca, 15 during the Apertura and 14 during the Clausura, finishing the season with one assist…Added two appearances during the Liguilla Apertura playoffs…(9/18) vs. Tijuana: Made his 25th appearance in Liga MX, playing 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw…(10/3) at Puebla: Recorded loan assist of the campaign in a 1-1 draw at Puebla…Added nine appearances in Concacaf Champions League play to help the club capture the continental crown…Played all 540 minutes during the knockout rounds for Pachuca, including starts at center back during the two-leg final against Tigres.
2015-16 (Pachuca): Played in 16 matches for Pachuca upon his arrival midway through the 2015-16 season, tallying a goal and an assist en route to a Clausura title…Added one goal in six appearances during the 2016 Liga MX playoffs in which he played all 540 minutes…(1/9) at Tijuana: Made Liga MX debut, recording an assist to help Pachuca earn a draw…(2/9) at UNAM: Scored his first goal in Liga MX against Pumas to help Pachuca to a 1-1 draw…(5/23) vs. Leon: Tallied a game-winning assist in second half stoppage time to send Pachuca through to the Liga MX Finals on aggregate…(7/10) at UANL: Played all 90 minutes in the Campeon de Campeones Final against Tigres.
2012 (FC Nürnberg): Joined FC Nürnberg of the German Bundesliga on a six-week loan on Jan. 5…Suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during his first training session with the club, ending the loan stint.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER (United States): Capped 52 times by the United States Men’s National Team, scoring three goals across all competitions…Made his USMNT debut on Aug. 10, 2010 against Brazil, playing all 90 minutes at center back in a 2-0 defeat…Played in eight of the United States’ 10 matches during FIFA World Cup Qualifying in 2013, helping the Stars & Stripes reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil…Started in two of the four matches for the U.S. at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including playing all 120 minutes in their Round of 16 match vs. Belgium…Scored his first international goal on July 18, 2015 in the Concacaf Gold Cup Quarterfinals against Cuba…Played 540 minutes for the United States at the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup, scoring two goals and helping capture a tournament championship…Tallied second career goal in a 3-2 victory over Martinique on July 12, 2017…Notched third career international goal, a game-winner, in a 2-0 win over El Salvador on July 20, 2017 in the Gold Cup Quarterfinals…Played 90 minutes for the U.S. in a 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago under Bruce Arena to close the qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup…Retired from international play following the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in which he played 91 minutes…Made final start in a Group Stage victory over Panama, wearing the captain’s armband during a 1-0 victory…Final international appearance came in a one-minute performance during the 2019 Gold Cup Quarterfinals against Curacao.
COLLEGE CAREER (University of Maryland): Played three seasons for the University of Maryland, appearing in 69 matches and recording seven goals and five assists…Helped the Terrapins claim the 2008 NCAA College Cup as a junior…As a junior in 2008, scored a career-high five goals to go along with one assist…Named to the NSCAA/Adidas All-American First Team and First Team All-ACC for his junior season…Also named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is given out annually to the country’s best college soccer player…Spearheaded a Maryland defense that allowed just one goal in five games during the 2008 NCAA Tournament en route to earning College Cup Defensive MVP honors…Helped the Terps keep 15 clean sheets over 26 games in 2008, including in seven of the team’s eight postseason games between the ACC and NCAA Tournaments…Started all 21 of Maryland’s games as a sophomore in 2007, earning ACC Defensive Player of the Year along with NSCAA/Adidas All-America Third Team and All-ACC Second Team selections…Registered a goal and an assist in 2007, with the lone tally coming in the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 1 against Bradley…Started all 22 games as a freshman in 2006, registering a goal and three assists…Named to the All-ACC Freshman Team and Soccer America All-Freshmen Second Team…Tallied his first career goal on Oct. 24 against Bucknell, also recording an assist in the match…Registered first collegiate assist on Sept. 27 against Binghamton.
YOUTH CAREER: Developed in the Dallas Texans Academy from 2001-06 and was named a USYSA All-American in 2005…Played two seasons at Skyline High in Dallas where he was a first team all-district player…Attended IMG Academy in Florida for his senior year of high school in 2005, playing for the varsity soccer program…Graduated from St. Stephen’s Episcopal High School in Bradenton, Fla….Joined the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in January of 2005, earning eight caps and scoring three goals, including the winning score against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament to secure the U.S. a spot in the FIFA U-17 World Championship…Also made three appearances for the U.S. U-18 squad in 2007, scoring two goals.
PERSONAL: Born in Dallas, Texas to parents Adrian and Maria Gonzalez…Has one brother, Adrian, and two sisters, Roxanna and Luisianna, the latter of whom played college volleyball for Louisiana Tech…Married Erica Gonzales in 2014...Father of three…Speaks fluent Spanish.