CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy locked down their third Designated Player on Thursday with the signing of Omar Gonzalez, but they’ll likely have to lock down one of their three DP’s later this year when Landon Donovan’s contract expires.
The Galaxy forward has stated that he is hoping to remain happy wherever he is next year, and both LA head coach and general manager Bruce Arena as well as President Chris Klein have stated that talks have gone on between both parties.
“Landon is the Galaxy. We want to keep him here, we’ve made no secret about that,” said Klein. “Everyone knows that his contract is up at the end of the year and we hope his recent form continues.”
With Seattle Sounders FC’s splashing the cash to sign Donovan’s national team teammate Clint Dempsey, much of the talk on the Galaxy’s bid to keep the U.S. international has centered on matching or surpassing that offer.
“We’ll see. I would say that Landon is one of the most important players in league history,” Klein said when asked if LA would need to match or exceed Dempsey's deal. “Definitely the best American player ever to play and we want him to stay with the Galaxy.”
At 31-years-old, Donovan has already accomplished plenty in MLS as he has won five titles and is currently closing in on the league’s all-time goal scoring and assist records. Regardless of his sterling resume, Klein believes that he has plenty left to accomplish with the Galaxy.
“Landon has always bucked conventional wisdom. We want to keep him here and we think that he has a lot to do in an LA Galaxy uniform,” said Klein. “Not to say that he hasn’t accomplished an incredible amount, but knowing him like I do, I think that he’s driven for more. Where he personally is, I don’t know, but we’d certainly like to have him here.”
In case you missed it, the complete Omar Gonzalez Designated Player press conference can be found below.
CARSON, Calif. – AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman has been mostly a behind the scenes presence since taking the position weeks ago, but the executive was on the podium on Thursday when the Galaxy announced the deal to sign Omar Gonzalez as the club’s third Designated Player.
In statement’s Beckerman was blunt when discussing Gonzalez’s impact with LA, bluntly stating that “Omar is the Galaxy.”
“Omar had opportunities all over the world, but he chose to stay here with the Galaxy and that’s a significant milestone for us. It really validates everything that we want to be as a league. We always want to be a league of choice and more importantly, it establishes us as the team of choice, which has always been our mission as the Galaxy.
As for what it means for AEG, who have developed a reputation for signing big name players since acquiring the team in 2008, signing Gonzalez was a major boost.
“It’s critically important to have Omar join the ranks of Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and David Beckham, and be an American player at that level is critical for the success of the team. We want to have world class international players on our team, period. Whether they come from the U.S., abroad or wherever, we want to have the best players with the Galaxy as a Designated Player…We want the best players wherever they come from.”
CARSON, Calif. -- It's official.
Omar Gonzalez is the LA Galaxy's third Designated Player.
The Galaxy announced on Thursday that the 24-year-old center back has been signed to a DP contract allowing him to become the first defender signed to such a contract. Drafted by the Galaxy with the third overall selection in 2009 MLS SuperDraft from the University of Maryland, Gonzalez has made 119 regular season appearances for LA -- 118 of them starts. During his time with LA, Gonzalez has racked up the honors as he was named the 2009 Rookie of the Year, 2011 MLS Defender of the Year, and 2012 MLS Cup Final MVP while also being named to the MLS Best XI twice.
Gonzalez is the fifth DP in Galaxy history and joins David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Juan Pablo Angel and Robbie Keane. He is also the sixth American DP joining Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Freddy Adu, Claudio Reyna, and Chris Wondolowski.
You can watch the Omar Gonzalez press conference LIVE here.
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Professional Referee Organization responds to questions on offside calls in LA Galaxy and FC Dallas draw
Before we focus on the excitment of the new LA Galaxy third Designated Player that will be unveiled later today, the Professional Referee Organization took a look a the two "offside" goals conceded by the Galaxy in their 3-3 draw with FC Dallas.
First up was the goal scored by Blas Perez in the 48th minute, Rejer was quick to agree that Perez was offside from the moment that Dallas midfielder Michel took the kick.
"Blas Perez of Dallas was in an offside position when the first free-kick was taken, the AR Kevin Duliba should have been aware of this as offside is his number one priority and focus," Rejer said. "As soon as the kicker plays the ball, the AR should focus on the offside player. Then, as in this case, as soon as he plays the ball he is interfering with play. Therefore, the goal should have been disallowed."
Rejer applied the same scrutiny to Perez's second goal in the 86th minute and came up with the same result.
"Later in the game, George John of Dallas is in an offside position from a free-kick," Rejer said. "When the delivery came over he made a challenge for the ball and, at this point, the AR raised his flag for offside - this time for interfering with an opponent. Using the very same process he should have been aware of the offside player from the outset and concentrated on him and raised the flag when he became active.”
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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will hold a press conference on Thursday to unveil the team’s new third Designated Player.
The identity of this player? Well, it appears that it will be Omar Gonzalez. When asked about the DP speculation surrounding the center back, Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena stated that the club would like to have a resolution within a week.
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CARSON, Calif. – Speculation surrounding Omar Gonzalez and the possibility of him becoming the LA Galaxy’s third Designated Player has drawn considerable buzz over the past week, and it appears that it may be approaching a resolution.
During the Galaxy’s training session on Wednesday, LA head coach and general manager Bruce Arena as well as Gonzalez himself addressed the issue, with Arena saying that something may be finalized within a week.
“Remains to be seen,” said Arena on the conversations with Gonzalez. “I think that we’re hoping to get something finalized by the end of this week.”
Meanwhile, Gonzalez admitted that talks continue to go on between him and the club that he has played for since 2009.
“I would love to stay here. We’ve been talking back and forth,” said Gonzalez. “The talks are continually going, but we’ve done some great things here together with the Galaxy. Right now, my focus is going on getting a third consecutive championship. “
As for any desire to head for Europe, Gonzalez is interested in testing himself abroad, but he believes that will happen in time.
“At some point, yeah. Whether it be at the end of the year or later or three years from now,” said Gonzalez.” That’s yet to be known, for now my focus is here. At some point, I think that I do want to go to Europe, but it has to be the right time. I’m still trying to figure that out.”
New LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is settling into life in MLS, but the 31-year-old goalkeeper is hopeful that he’ll be able to earn minutes with the Galaxy soon.
The 31-year-old Panamanian international was on the bench for LA’s 3-3 draw with FC Dallas on Sunday, just days after making his Galaxy debut in the second half of the club’s 2-0 defeat to AC Milan in Guinness International Champions Cup Third Place Game. The appearance came only a day after the ‘keeper signed with the Galaxy on a free transfer.
Currently, Penedo finds himself serving as the backup to Galaxy starter Carlo Cudicini, who has started 21 of LA’s 23 matches this season. After serving as a regular for Los Canaleros and Guatemalan side Municipal for much of the last decade, it might be a bit strange for him to play a backup role, but Penedo admits that he told Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena in their very first conversation that he would be willing to wait for his chance to start.
“We went to dinner with a translator and he told me that he has followed me, and asked if I have patience. I said “yes I have patience,” Penedo told reporters after the Galaxy’s 3-3 draw in Dallas. “I want to work hard to help the team and do whatever I can for them, even being a backup is welcome.”
Where Penedo is almost certain to earn time this year is in CONCACAF Champions League play. Traditionally, Arena has opted to use his second choice ‘keeper for the CCL group stages, and he may offer Penedo his first start for the Galaxy in Tuesday’s match against Cartaginés at StubHub Center.
“We’ll see,” Arena said after the draw with FC Dallas when asked about when Penedo may take the field. “Every game is different and we’ll see.”
Expectations are considerably high for Penedo with the Galaxy and his native Panama, however, the ‘keeper is focused solely on fitting in with his new club.
“I know that the expectations are high in Panama. I’ve heard the commentaries and that’s what they want, but it is not my decision. It is my job to convince who I have to convince,” said Penedo. “I think that this week has been positive. I’m learning how to speak English and continue my job. Hopefully, things will work out.”
In the latest edition of MLSsoccer.com's Instant Replay, Simon Borg breaks down the two noncalls that marred the LA Galaxy's 3-3 draw with FC Dallas.
Borg's analysis of the Galaxy match can be found at 4:43.
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Landon Donovan’s hat trick in the LA Galaxy’s 3-3 against FC Dallas earned him MLS Player of the Week honors, MLS announced.
The North American Soccer Reporters voted Donovan as Player of the Week, making him the second LA Galaxy player to win the honors this season. The first was Mike Magee when he tallied a hat trick against his current club, the Chicago Fire in the first week of the season.
Let’s look at just how impressive Donovan’s night was, shall we?
*Donovan had just three shots and scored three goals. He’s the first player to score in all of his shots since Dewayne De Rosario on Sept. 2011. Interestingly enough, three of Donovan’s came during game’s where he scored on all three of his shots.
*Donovan has now scored 20 goals against FC Dallas. His highest against any club.
*Donovan now has 152 career goals in MLS (counting postseason and regular season).
*At 130 regular season goals, he’s just FIVE goals away from setting a new MLS regular season record, which is currently held by Jeff Cunningham.
*Donovan now has four career hat tricks in MLS – three of them as a member of the Galaxy—which puts him just one hat trick away from tying the league’s all-time mark of five, which is shared by Stern John and Diego Serna.