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

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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