Omar Gonzalez

Jurgen Klinsmann

“It’s huge”: Recaps & reaction from win in Toronto, Hburg makes playoffs, league results, more

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Reaction to win over Toronto. Union back in playoff spot. Union Academy starts new season. Harrisburg to face Orlando in USL PRO playoffs. League results. More.

USA advances to Round of 16, Union ready for Revs, more news

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USA advances to Round of 16 at the World Cup despite loss to Germany. Union readies for New England. Suarez banned by FIFA. More news.

Brazil 2014: World Cup Group G – USMNT 0-1 Germany

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Moving On! (photo: detroit.cbslocal.com)

Losing and winning in the Recife rain; OTF's Joe Maskivish brings the USMNT vs. Germany review...

Two weeks and nearly 9,000miles have resulted in a graduation from the Group of Death.

We'll get to the loss against Germany, but let's just take a moment to acknowledge what the United States has accomplished.

Brazil 2014: World Cup Group G – USMNT 0-1 Germany

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Losing and winning in the Recife rain; OTF's Joe Maskivish brings the USMNT vs. Germany review...

Two weeks and nearly 9,000miles have resulted in a graduation from the Group of Death.

We'll get to the loss against Germany, but let's just take a moment to acknowledge what the United States has accomplished.

Union to face NYRB or Cosmos with USOC win, McLaughlin on TOW, sex OK for USA at WC, more

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If the Union get past Harrisburg, they host either Red Bulls or Cosmos in US Open Cup fifth round. McLaughlin named to USL PRO TOW. Sex OK for USA at WC. Clinton freaked out when US didn't win 2022 WC bid. More news.

Donovan left out of World Cup squad and Fire notes

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Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the US soccer community today by naming the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. The surprise exclusion of Landon Donovan, who is arguably the best American soccer player ever, has many fans wondering how the country's all-time leading scorer in international competition could be left off.

I need to go talk to some roasted chicken about all this.

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Like so much microwave popcorn, Jurgen Klinsmann has named his final 23 for World Cup in a virtual flash. G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia

Jurgen Klinsmann’s US Roster For World Cup 2014

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World Cup bound ... Kyle Beckerman.

Wow.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


“Got to keep grinding,” on Nog as DP, Crystal Palace friendly, more news

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Union bits. USMNT news. The story of the ugliest jerseys in US Soccer history. Pele calls Brazil World Cup preparations "a disgrace." More news.

US preliminary World Cup roster set - MLS takes the next step with $720m tv deal

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Jurgen Klinsmann named the 30 man preliminary roster for the upcoming World Cup. The final roster will be pared down to 23 by June 2. As expected Nick Rimando beat out Sean Johnson for the third 'keeper spot. Players begin reporting to camp in Palo Alto, California on Wednesday. Here's the complete roster: GOALKEEPERS (3):Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) DEFENDERS (11): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) MIDFIELDERS (10): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) MLS and USSF ink new tv deal with ESPN, Fox, & Univision It's been talked about for months but the deal is finally official.

Jack to Impact? Union in Chicago previews, more USA-Mexico reaction, more news

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Taylor Twellman tweets McInerney could be headed to Montreal. Union in Chicago previews and news. More reaction to USA-Mexico friendly. More news.

USMNT: All Square In Arizona

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Don't call them the B-team (Photo: freep.com)

OTF's Austin Fido brings his take on der Klinnsmannschaft's dos-a-dos with El Tri...

USMNT played perma-rival Mexico to a 2-2 draw in Arizona in the last international either side will play before preliminary World Cup squads are named in May.

LA Galaxy

Terrible first half performance dooms D.C. United to 4-1 defeat on the road against the LA Galaxy - Recap + Highlights

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D.C. United gave up a disastrous goal in the opening moments of tonight's game against the LA Galaxy, and could only recover from it once down 3-0. An improved second half performance saw DCU briefly threaten to stage a wild comeback, but a controversial penalty kick finished the game as a contest.

D.C. United acquires Kofi Opare from Galaxy

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The Black and Red shore up depth that

Per the team, D.C. United has sent away their spot in the allocation order (# 3 overall) to the Los Angeles Galaxy to acquire defender Kofi Opare and L.A.'s second round pick in the 2015 draft, along with L.A.'s spot in allocation (# 11). The 23-year old was selected by L.

Gonzalez still open to moving abroad

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By DAN KARELL

While one half of the U.S. Men's National Team centerback pairing has committed to spending the rest of his career in Major League Soccer, the other half of the pairing is keeping his options open.

In the wake of Matt Besler's landmark Designated Player contract signing, joining USMNT centerback Omar Gonzalez as the only two American defenders on Designated Player contracts, Gonzalez has sounded off on the deal as well as his own future.

2014 MLS All-Star Fan XI Revealed

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There really wasn't a shocker in the Fan XI for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game. Eight of the players announced were in Brazil for the World Cup this past month. These players and several more to follow will take on Bayern Munich in the annual MLS versus the World match.

U.S. men's national team captain Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) features alongside World Cup teammates Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Gonzalez ‘feeling great’ after overcoming pre-camp injury

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite injuring his knee just weeks before the start of pre-World Cup camp, Omar Gonzalez is 'feeling great'.

The 25-year-old defender injured his left knee earlier this month when the LA Galaxy took on the Colorado Rapids, giving plenty of people a reason to worry about his World Cup status.

Opposite View: Three Questions With LAG Confidential

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This week we've reached out to Josie Becker of LAG Confidential, SBN's Los Angeles Galaxy blog, for a look at what to expect from the Galaxy.

tBG) The LA Galaxy we see now doesn't seem as formidable as the Galaxy teams of the past. Is LA a team on the decline, or has it just had a rough time lately?

MLS Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

After some memorable battles last season, the LA Galaxy and Bruce Arena visit Caleb Porter and the Portland Timbers for the first time this year.

The Timbers are coming off their first win of the season and though their defense struggled to hold on to a lead, the attack was arguably the best it's been this season, scoring three goals against D.

Reports: Gonzalez injury not believed to be serious

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Those worried about the status of Omar Gonzalez can breathe a little easier.

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said confidently on Tuesday that he does not believe the left knee injury Omar Gonzalez suffered this past weekend is all that serious, according to multiple reports out of Los Angeles.

Omar Gonzalez leaves Galaxy-Rapids match at halftime with knee injury

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By IVES GALARCEP

Just six weeks before the World Cup is not a good time to be picking up injuries, and that time frame might have been why U.S. national team centerback Omar Gonzalez was pulled from Saturday's LA Galaxy-Colorado Rapids match at halftime.

Gonzalez left the match due to a knee injury, though the substitution was reported as a precautionary move.

Philadelphia Union

Latest on Valdes, Pfeffer named to Homegrown team, Reading playoff run over, more

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Does Valdes want to go on loan again? Pfeffer named to All-Star Game Homegrown team. Reading lose first playoff game. More news.

Recaps & reaction from dispiriting Union loss in LA, league results, US news, more

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Recaps, reaction, quotes from Union loss in LA. Madison scores 2 for Reading. MLS and NWSL results. US news ahead of Azerbaijan friendly. More.

Union-DC preview roundup, Amobi says, Zac appreciation, more news

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Union v DC previews. Amobi Okugo's national team aspirations. Appreciating Zac MacMath. More news.

Hack feeling the pressure, Union bits, Reading begin season on the road, LVU Sonic in USOC tonight, more

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John Hackworth acknowledges the pressure is on. Reading begin PDL season tonight. Ocean City names captain. Lehigh Valley United Sonic in USOC play tonight. More news.

Michael Bradley

Watch MLS’s Parody of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Movie [VIDEO]

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As a tribute to the beloved 80′s comedyFerris Bueller's Day Off, MLS and KickTV have released their own version staring the reigning MLS MVP and Chicago Fire's Mike Magee in "One Player's Struggle to Take it Easy" featuring an all-star group of America's best MLS players including Omar Gonzalez, Thierry Henry, Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux and Michael Bradley.

GAME THREAD: World Cup Round of 16: Belgium vs. United States

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Winner plays Argentina. Belgians eat waffles differently than Americans.

WORLD CUP MATCH #56
VS
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, BRA
July 1, 2014
4:00 PM ET
ESPN - Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman
Starting XI
Eden Hazard, Divock Origi, Dries Mertens Forward Graham Zusi, Clint Dempsey, Alejandro Bedoya
Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel Midfield Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron
Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Daniel Van Buyten, Toby Alderweireld Defense DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson
Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Sammy Bossut, Nicolas Lombaerts, Laurent Ciman, Simon Mignolet, Thomas Vermaelen, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, Romelu Lukaku, Adnan Januzaj Bench Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Davis, Brad Guzan, Chris Wondolowski, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, Mix Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, Julian Green
Game Officials
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi

Are you nervous yet?

World Cup

Gonzalez overcomes early hiccup, nerves to help USMNT reach next round

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RECIFE, Brazil When the U.S. Men's National Team camp began in May, one of the biggest concerns among fans and media was how Omar Gonzalez would fare at the World Cup. There were fears that he would struggle against the elite competition the Americans would face in Brazil, and a left knee injury sustained just before the camp got underway made things worse.

The Short Kiss Until a Few Months Later…..

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Days after the World Cup draw, in response to the US' group, a sharp editor at the New Yorker astutely observed that "we are all in the group of death." In case you hadn't noticed, things have gotten quiet in these parts, odd given that I write about soccer and the whole world is paying attention to soccer.

Fabian Johnson

USA 0-1 Germany: Sharp-shooter Muller scores winner as both teams advance to knockouts

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USA 0-1Germany:Sharp-shooter Muller scores winner as both teams advance to knockouts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Group G's top two teams fought it out in Recife, hammered bytorrential rain, with Germany ending victorious thanks to another Thomas Muller goal.The downpourscaused massive flooding in the area,but the game went ahead as planned, and the passion witnessed by both sideswill have silenced any doubters, who thought this would be played out as a conspired draw.

2014 World Cup Squads: Landon Donovan Left Out of 23 Man U.S World Cup Squad

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Jurgen Klinnsmann has named his 23 man squad for next months World Cup Final's in Brazil and has all but divided the Nation following the exclusion of record goalscorer Landon Donovan who has been the poster boy of Soccer in America for over a decade!

It's a major gamble from the former World Cup winner given his home Country Germany, Portugal and Ghana make up Group G with both European sides Favourites to advance from the Group!

Klinsmann names 23-man World Cup roster, Donovan left out

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Jurgen Klinsmann dropped a bombshell on Thursday when he announced his 23-man World Cup roster and Landon Donovan's name was not on it.

Youngsters Julian Green, DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks joined Tim Chandler among the players to jump off the bubble and onto the U.S. World Cup roster. Veteran midfielder Brad Davis also made the cut.

TSG’s Best USMNT 30-Man Roster Guess

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Fab J Key in his versatility.

Here's our 30 and our 23 for now. Short, sweet.

G (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando

DEF (7): Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Matt Besler, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Parkhurst, Brad Evans

CM (4): Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu, Kyle Beckerman

MF (6): Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan, Fabian Johnson, Ale Bedoya, Julian Green

FWD (3): Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson, Aron Johannsson

The 30:

DEF: John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Chandler

MID: Mix Diskerud, Danny Williams

FWD: Terrence Boyd,Chris Wondolowski

Have at it.

The Rest

Fantasy Focus: Stink, Stank, Stunk.

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That was a bad week. Let's forget it ever happened.

Low scores abound this round, and we celebrate two teams that fell to the top of the heap. Eagles Screaming and Bonobos United both led us all with 59 points. Eagles Screaming were led by captain Omar Gonzalez (LA, $9.8), who earned 18 points on the strength of a goal scored.

Report: Bobby Boswell will replace Omar Gonzalez on the 2014 MLS All-Star Team

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D.C. United probably deserved to have more players named to the 2014 All-Star Game, and it looks like something's being done to address that. Team captain Bobby Boswell appears to have been named to the roster as a replacement for Omar Gonzalez.

All-Star games are about snubs as much as anything else, and this year it seemed like D.

Mike Magee’s Day Off

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This happens to be one of the many reasons why I love Major League Soccer. Clever spoof of a favorite movie of mine too.

Dallas product Omar Gonzalez nude in ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue for 2014

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United States' Omar Gonzalez, left, and Germany's Miroslav Klose challenge for the ball during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

As if Omar Gonzalez, the onetime Dallas Skyline and Dallas Texans product, didn't get enough exposure playing in the World Cup for the U.

Dallas’ Omar Gonzalez shines for U.S. defense in his first World Cup start vs. Germany

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RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: Omar Gonzalez of the United States reacts after being defeated by Germany 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

RECIFE, Brazil — Omar Gonzalez promised from Day 1 of training camp to be ready for the World Cup, even if he started slightly behind because of a knee injury.

Skyline, Dallas product Omar Gonzalez to start for U.S. in World Cup today

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Omar Gonzalez of the United States works out during their training session at Sao Paulo FC on June 10, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Dallas' Omar Gonzalez, inspired by soccer when the World Cup was played in Dallas in 1994, will be in the starting lineup Thursday when the U.