Omar Gonzalez has been yearning to become a regular on the U.S. national team and after Tuesday, it seems that he's destined to become a staple for the U.S. for many years.
Gonzalez lead the U.S. defense as Jurgen Klinsmann's group played Mexico to a scoreless draw at the vaunted Estadio Azteca. Throughout the match, Gonzalez's physicality and aerial prowess was vital as the U.S. back line held Mexican forwards Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernandez. In turn, the stat sheet was kind to Gonzalez as he made 33 successful passes, seven clearances and four interceptions.
The draw was the Americans' second World Cup qualifying draw in Mexico with the last one coming in 1997. The U.S. boosted their record in World Cup qualifying matches in Mexico to 0-13-2 while the U.S. is 1-23-2 all-time, in all competitive matches on Mexican soil.
After three matches, the U.S. find themselves in third place in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying with four points, just a single point behind group-leader Panama. World Cup qualifying kicks off again with three matches in June. The U.S. will travel to Jamaica on June 4 before returning to the States for a two-game homestand against Panama on June 7 and Honduras on June 18.
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WASHINGTON—After President Barack Obama honored the LA Galaxy and their AEG-owned brethren Los Angeles Kings for championships in their respective leagues, I caught up with LA Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant to discuss returning to the White House.
Dunivant’s quotes are below…
(On returning to the White House…)
DUNIVANT: “It never gets old; it’s a really nice perk of winning the championship. We’re stoked to take the tour again and meet the President again. We’d love to do it every year if we can.”
DUNIVANT: ““It’s funny because going back to where we were at this stage last year, we were obviously celebrating the championship, but it was a little bit of a different tone because we had started off so poorly and I think there was a feeling around the group that it wasn’t too good. This time around it was a lot better feeling and a lot better start. Hopefully, the same result though.”
(On whether he appreciates it more…)
DUNIVANT: “It’s cool. It doesn’t get old. It’s as good as it gets, it’s a huge honor and a really cool tradition in American sports. I wasn’t able to do it after my first two championships so do it the last two years has been really neat.”
WASHINGTON -- Following President Barack Obama's remarks to honor the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Kings on their respective championships, I caught up with club President Chris Klein to discuss the team's visit to the White House.
“It’s incredible. It’s surreal coming here and for us to do it two years in a row and have the same president greet the guys, he knows a little bit more about us now and to be able to meet him is such an honor,” club President Chris Klein told LA Galaxy Insider. “For the Galaxy as a club, it shows that we continue to be relevant time and time again. I think more importantly, for soccer in this country, it’s a big deal to have a special team celebrate with the President of the United States is something that we can all be proud of.”
Just in case you missed, the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Kings visit to meet President Barack Obama at the White House.
Check out the video provided by the White House below.
The LA Galaxy Under-19’s fell to the Fulham FC U-19’s 2-1 in the second match of their Dallas Cup campaign.
Fulham built a two goal lead off goals by Lasse Vigen Christensen in the 14th minute and Jordan Evans in the 51st minute of play. LA cut the lead to one in the 75th minute when Drew Murphy scored his second goal of the tournament off a penalty kick after a Fulham handball inside the penalty area.
The English outfit now lead group play with six points, while the Galaxy are level with defending Dallas Cup champions Coritiba with three points after the Brazilians defeated Eintracht Frankfurt. LA will take on Coritiba on Thursday in the final group stage match.
Remember, the three group winners qualify for the semifinals while the best second place finisher advances. LA need a big win over Coritiba to earn a spot in the semifinals.
Gonzalez discusses his Mexican-American heritage, past interest from Club America and other topics ahead of U.S. vs. Mexico
When Omar Gonzalez's LA Galaxy teammates visit the White House, the U.S. International will be preparing to face Mexico in a vital World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Azteca.
The U.S. trained for a second day in Mexico City on Monday and Gonzalez spoke to reporters about his Mexican-American heritage, interest from Estadio Azteca tenants Club America and the Americans' goals for Tuesday's match.
The departure of AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke was a move that stunned many around the sports world, but comments from AEG Chairman Phillip Anschutz and LA Galaxy club President Chris Klein ensure that the health of the company, and by extension the Galaxy is in safe hands of new President and CEO Dan Beckerman.
Los Angeles Times reporter Helene Elliott spoke to Beckerman in his first interview since the change at AEG. During the interview, Beckerman outlines his support of the Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings as well as AEG's stated desire to bring an NFL team to Los Angeles.
To be the best, you've got to beat the best. And the U.S. Under-20 side will certainly have to do so this summer at the U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
The Americans have been drawn into Group A with Spain, France, and an African qualifier. Spain and France both qualified as semifinals of the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 championship as Spain defeated the French in the semifinals before winning the tournament. Meanwhile, the U.S. could face one of either Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria or Mali, who qualified for the semifinals of CAF's U-20 tournament.
I’m really excited for our players, to play against some of the best teams in the world," U.S. head coach Tab Ramos said in a quote sheet provided by U.S. Soccer. "This is the reason why you go to the World Cup – to play against the best. We get Spain and France right off the bat and we’re going to start working toward our preparation for that.”
Four players with LA Galaxy connections have suited up for the U.S. U-20's over the past year as Jack McBean and Oscar Sorto participated in camps prior to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship while Jose Villarreal and Javan Torre were part of the team that finished second in the tournament.
The LA Galaxy confirmed on Monday that Landon Donovan will be attending the club's visit of the White House on Tuesday.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters last week that the team was planning on Donovan being in attendance. Donovan has been away from the club throughout the preseason as he took a self-imposed break from the game.
The Galaxy will be joined at the White House by the Los Angeles Kings, who are also owned by AEG. The ceremony at the White House is scheduled to begin at 10:35 a.m. PT followed by the "Let's Move" clinic, an event that will include children from Soccer for Success, America SCORES, and Hockey is for Everyone at 11:30 a.m. PT.
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Monterrey will be without the services of starting goalkeepeer Jonathan Orozco for four to six weeks after the Monterrey 'keeper suffered an injury in training last week.
Last Tuesday, Orozco was felled by an injury in his right leg that was discovered to be a grade two muscle tear in the back of his thigh. With Orozco out, Monterrey has turned to Juan de Dios Ibarra in goal.
LA face Monterrey in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals on April 3 at The Home Depot Center before traveling to Monterrey for the second leg on April 10.