Omar Gonzalez might have been disappointed at first when MLS salary rules pushed him out the door at the LA Galaxy, but the move has all turned out well as he won his second trophy at Mexico's
Pachuca, capturing the Concacaf Champions League on Wednesday. It gives 11 championships (national team, pros, college and youth) in the last 13 years.
Omar Gonzalez's 11 Championships: USYSA (2005-06): Dallas Texans NCAA (2008): University of Maryland MLS Supporters' Shield
(2010-11): LA Galaxy MLS Cup (2011-12, 2014): LA Galaxy Gold Cup (2013): USA Liga MX (Clausura 2016): Pachuca Concacaf Champions League (2017):
Gonzalez started all six games in the knockout phase as the Tuzos won the CCL title for the second time and sixth Concacaf club championship. They beat Tigres, 1-0, on a late goal
by Franco Jara to win the 2017 final, 2-1, on aggregate.
He has now won a championship in every year except 2007, 2009 and 2015 since his first title, the 2005 USYSA under-18 boys
championship, which he won at the national finals in Des Moines, Iowa, days after being admitted to a nearby hospital for I.V. treatments.
His play with the Texans for whom he played as a
forward drew the attention of the U.S. U-17 national team and his international career began at the 2005 Under-17 World Cup alongside Jozy Altidore and Neven Subotic, who later played
for Serbia at the World Cup.
Gonzalez played three years at Maryland, winning an NCAA championship in 2008 on a team that also included Zac MacMath, Graham Zusi and A.J.
DeLaGarza. Gonzalez and DeLaGarza were taken by the LA Galaxy in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and spent seven years together.
In 2013, the Galaxy signed Gonzalez, the 2011 MLS Defender of
the Year and 2012 MLS Cup MVP, to a multi-year contract as a Designated Player, making him the first American defender to earn DP status.
After signing Steven Gerrard and
Giovani dos Santos to join Robbie Keane and Gonzalez on DP contracts in July 2015, the Galaxy accounted for Gonzalez's contract for the second half of the season with TAM but could not
do so for a full season, prompting his move to Pachuca in January 2016.
Both of Gonzalez's parents are Mexican immigrants, so he is qualified as a Mexican to play in Liga MX until the
implementation of the 10/8 rule in 2016.