LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, the 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year and the 2011 MLS Defender of the Year, agreed to a new multi-year contract, becoming the team’s third Designated Player. Stars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane are the Galaxy's other two Designated Players.
With his good size and quality skills, Gonzalez was sure to draw interest from overseas clubs had the Galaxy not acted to sign him.
The move was significant because Gonzalez is the second American player this month, along with Seattle's Clint Dempsey, to become an MLS designated player -- perhaps the start of a new trend to bring back the top American talent.
“To be the first Galaxy and U.S. defender to be named as a Designated Player is a great honor for me,” said Gonzalez. “The Galaxy are the premier club in MLS and I’m looking forward to growing as a professional in LA while working towards winning a third consecutive MLS Cup.”
Since Gonzalez joined the Galaxy in 2009, the team's defense...