Omar Gonzalez added to United States Gold Cup Roster

Gonzalez to remain with the Galaxy to face Vancouver on Saturday

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CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, July 18, 2013) – LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez has been added to the United States roster for the knockout stages of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 24-year-old is scheduled to play with the Galaxy on Saturday night against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at StubHub Center and will only join up with the rest of the National Team if they defeat El Salvador on Sunday afternoon and reach the tournament semifinal. The Gold Cup semifinals will be played on Wednesday, July 24 with the Final held four days later on Sunday, July 28.

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If the U.S. advance to the Gold Cup Final, Gonzalez would miss the Galaxy’s league game away to Colorado on Saturday, July 27 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. That game is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Gonzalez has made nine appearances with the U.S. National Team this year, including starting all six World Cup Qualifiers that the U.S. have played. Since making his international debut in August 2010, Gonzalez has collected 11 caps, though he has never represented the U.S. in the Gold Cup.

With the Galaxy this season, Gonzalez has appeared in and started 20 games in all competitions, scoring once and adding two assists. Last week he was named to the MLS All-Star Team for the third time in his five-year MLS career.