Today is the USA National’s first matchup in the 2014 World Cup and they will start their play in Group D against Ghana. One player that is representing the Dallas area is defender Omar Gonzalez. Growing up in Dallas, Gonzalez started his soccer playing days when he was a teenager playing for the Dallas Texans. Gonzalez would go on to play for the University of Maryland, which is one of the nation’s best collegiate soccer programs.
After his college career, Gonzalez was drafted third in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Up until 2012, Gonzalez was one of the best defenders in the American league. In 2012, FC Nurnberg loaned Gonzalez and he has started to flourish overseas. Playing for the USA, Gonzalez has a real chance to start, despite starting for an extremely young American team.
Gonzalez holds a dual citizenship with a Mexican passport and an American passport. The city of Dallas played a crucial role Gonzalez’s development and he will used that in the next three matches in Group D. Despite being young, Gonzalez is easily one of the best defenders on the team and his role and experience will be needed.
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