COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez suffered a left knee injury in the first half of LA’s 1-0 defeat to the Colorado Rapids, but according to head coach Bruce Arena, he’ll be just fine.
The injury occurred in the 44th minute when Gonzalez appeared to land awkwardly on his left knee after heading away a chipped pass by the Colorado Rapids. The injury occurred on the same left knee that caused him to miss six months of the 2012 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament while on loan to German club Nuremburg.
Following Gonzalez’s substitution, a club official told LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano that the defender’s substitution was due to precautionary measures. Following the match, Arena told reporters that Gonzalez "will be fine" after being asked about the injury.
Despite the positive initial diagnosis, the injury comes at a frustrating time for Gonzalez as the Galaxy will face the Portland Timbers on the turf pitch at Providence Park on Saturday and a week later the defender will be expected to be named to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s 30-man preliminary squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on May 13. Gonzalez would join the Americans at their pre-World Cup camp at Stanford, Calif. a day later.
During the two-week training camp, the United States will play matches in San Francisco on May 27 against Azerbaijan and against Turkey at Red Bull Arena on June 1 before Klinsmann names his final 23-man roster for the World Cup on June 2.