An imposing defender who is dangerous on set pieces, Gonzalez has emerged as one of the most dependable options on the U.S. MNT’s back line, while also flourishing in Major League Soccer with the LA Galaxy. Appearing in three of the USA’s matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Gonzalez earned his first National Team cap in 2010 with a start against Brazil and in 2013 the dual U.S. and Mexico citizen became cap-tied to the U.S. National Team on Feb. 26. The 2011 MLS Defender of the Year was rewarded for his play with the LA Galaxy by signing a Designated Player contract late in the 2013 MLS season, where he now has three championship rings.
- Appeared in three matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including starts against Germany and the Round of 16 game against Belgium
- Made a career-high 14 appearances for the U.S. MNT in 2013 and became cap-tied to the squad with his start against Mexico on Feb. 26
- Named the 2012 MLS Cup MVP as the LA Galaxy won its second straight league crown
- A four-time member of the MLS Best XI (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
2015: Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Has played and started two matches for the MNT this year... 2014: Appeared in eight matches, with four starts … Made his World Cup debut when he entered in the 90th minute of the 2-2 draw against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus … Went on to start at center back against Germany and Belgium … 2013: Tied for third on the U.S. MNT with 14 appearances during the year and was second in minutes played with 1,172, trailing only DaMarcus Beasley … Gonzalez, who holds dual citizenship in the USA and Mexico, became cap-tied to the U.S. MNT with his start in the scoreless draw against Mexico on Feb. 26 at Estadio Azteca … 2012: Did not make an appearance for the U.S. MNT … 2011: Made one appearance for the USA, earning the start during the team’s 1-1 draw against Chile on Jan. 22. First Appearance: Aug. 10, 2010, vs. Brazil … First Goal: None.
2014: Gonzalez anchored a Galaxy backline that allowed an MLS-low 37 goals all season, starting in 22 regular season matches in addition to all five MLS Cup Playoff matches. In addition to his contributions from his position in central defense, he scored a career-high four goals and added a career-high two assists on the season. For his efforts, he was named an MLS All-Star, to the MLS Best XI and a Finalist for MLS Defender of the Year ... 2013: Tallied a goal and two assists in 27 regular-season games in his fifth campaign with the LA Galaxy, earning MLS Best XI honors for the third time in his career … Became the LA Galaxy’s third Designated Player when he signed a multi-year contract in August … 2012: Was loaned to Nuremberg in the Bundesliga at the start of the year, but tore his left ACL in training and never made an appearance … Played in 14 regular-season games during his shortened MLS season and then thrived in the postseason where he was the 2012 MLS Cup MVP as the LA Galaxy won its second straight league championship … 2011: Was named MLS Defender of the Year, MLS Best XI, was an MLS All Star, and led the LA Galaxy to its third MLS Cup crown … Was part of a Galaxy defense that allowed only 28 goals in 34 regular-season games.
A three year starter at the University of Maryland, Gonzalez started all 69 of the games in which he appeared in for the Terrapins, helping them win the NCAA Championship as a junior in 2008 … Finished his college career with seven goals and five assists before turning pro after his junior season ... He had a career-high five goals to go along with one assist during his junior season in 2008 when he was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-American First Team and First Team All-ACC while also being named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is given out annually to the country’s best college soccer player … In the NCAA Tournament, Gonzalez spearheaded a Maryland defense that allowed just one goal in five games and was named the College Cup Defensive MVP … The 2007 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Gonzalez was also named to Second Team All ACC and NSCAA/adidas All-American Third Team that season after claiming All-ACC Freshman Team and Soccer America Second Team All-Freshman honors the previous year.