CARSON, Calif. -- There's been tons of Omar Gonzalez Designated Player content churned out at LAGalaxy.com and on LA Galaxy Insider today, so I've decided to create a nifty page to place all of the stories in one place.
* My commentary on what Gonzalez's deal means for the Galaxy, MLS and U.S. National Team.
*In this piece from the press conference, Gonzalez talks about the ability to continue his "dream" career with the Galaxy.
* Gonzalez's LA Galaxy teammates were pleased with the club rewarding Gonzalez and Landon Donovan admitted that the defender's signing may have a great impact on American soccer.
* During Gonzalez's press conference, AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman stated that "Omar is the Galaxy."
*Now that Gonzalez has been locked up to a DP deal, the Galaxy are turning their focus to keeping Landon Donovan at the StubHub Center for years to come.
*With the World Cup just a year away, talks will soon heat about about MLS players going on offseason loans abroad, but Galaxy President Chris Klein says those will be handed on a "case by case basis."
*Lastly, you can check out the highlights from Gonzalez's press conference as well as the "sizzle" highlight video created following his signing below.
CARSON, Calif. -- We know Omar Gonzalez is the LA Galaxy's third Designated Player, but now we may now how long he'll remain with the Galaxy.
ESPN's Matt Stein reported on Thursday that Gonzalez's deal is for 1.5 million a year for the next three seasons. A source confirmed to LA Galaxy Insider that Gonzalez's deal is in fact for three seasons.
The tweet by Stein is below...
Hearing new Omar Gonzalez deal w/ @lagalaxy will pay him in excess of $1.5 million annually for next three seasons. Nice bump from $282,000
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 16, 2013
Any LA Galaxy offseason loans to be decided on a "case by case basis" says Galaxy President Chris Klein
CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez may have signed his deal with the LA Galaxy, but for as long as he plays in MLS, talk of his need to “test himself” in Europe will persist.
With Gonzalez signing multi-year deal with the team, he’ll be a member of LA for the foreseeable future, but what is to stop the 24-year-old center back from going on an offseason loan. There’s plenty of precedent for these types of moves as over the past four years Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, David Beckham, and even Gonzalez himself have gone on loans.
The defender was not asked explicitly about the prospect of a future loan, but Galaxy President Chris Klein appeared to note that the team will decide that on a case by case basis.
Quite honestly, our league season continues to get longer rand longer. We never right anything off, but that becomes a decision that Bruce looks into in their preparation for the season. I know one thing, we certainly look at our league season as a priority and we think that players can prepare for a World Cup or other things by playing in our league. We take it on a case by case basis."
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.”