RISING STAR: Omar Gonzalez

SOCCER AMERICA profiles 6-foot-5 Omar Gonzalez, the Maryland junior. Gonzalez is one of the most imposing players in college soccer. He's a key player in the Terrapins' bid for a third national championship.

POS.: Defender-Forward
AGE: 20
COLLEGE: Maryland
CLASS: Junior
HOMETOWN: Dallas, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: Edison Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
YOUTH CLUB: Dallas Texans
INTERNATIONAL: U-17s (USA), was in camp with U-20s (USA)
STARTING OUT: My mom's brother played professional in Mexico with Monterrey. I grew up playing soccer and I was always around it. I love play it.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: The only thing I could think of is winning the Super Group at the Dallas Cup with the U-19s. That was pretty big.
FIRST CLEATS: Adidas Predators.
CURRENT CLEATS: Adidas AdiPures.
OTHER SPORTS: I used to play football in high school. I was a kicker and a punter.
FAVORITE TEAMS: Barcelona, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys.
FAVORITE PLAYER: Clarence Seedorf.
FAVORITE MOVIES: I don't have one. I love movies in general. I'll watch anything.
FAVORITE ACTOR: Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro.
FAVORITE ACTRESS: Angelina Jolie.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Family Guy.
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: During three years, I've grown a lot as a player or a person. It was a good choice to come to college. Being here made me a better person.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach): Never stop moving forward. Forget about the bad things and always move forward.
HOBBIES: I like to chill, watch movies and play video games. We play Mario Kart and Rock Band a lot.
MUSIC: I listen to everything. Seriously, I have every artist and every genre on my iPod.
READING: My favorite book is "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown.
VACATION: I like going to visit my family in Monterrey, Mexico. I always have a great time.
FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU'D INVITE TO DINNER: Michael Jordan and Al Pacino.

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