Two simple words: Omar Comin’! Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez was named to the USA Men’s National Team but can only play if the USA defeat El Salvador on Sunday. For the time being, Gonzalez will be with Bruce Arena’s Galaxy ahead of their Saturday home contest with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
“I was getting ready for the ESPYs and I came back to my phone and I saw that I had a missed call from Jurgen,” said Gonzalez to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “It was pretty much a surprise, but I’m happy that I got the call up. First and foremost though, we have to be able to take care of business on Saturday with the Galaxy then I can worry about shifting focus to the national team on Sunday.”
For Gonzalez, it’s a swell deal to stay with the team and if both parties do their end of the bargain, Omar is coming to the Nats for another round. Gonzalez is expected to team up with defender Matt Besler in the back.
“I think that it’s great. I want to stay here and get the win with the Galaxy against Vancouver then leave on a high note,” said Gonzalez. “I know that [the U.S.] are going to take care of business and then I’ll do whatever I can to help the team win [after].
“I’m hoping to step in and be a good teammate. I don’t know what my role is, but I’ll make an impact whatever way that I can. I’m going there to win the tournament because I want to be a part of the Confederations Cup the next time around.”
In addition, Gonzalez was named an MLS All-Star but for him, his honor is nothing compared to settling the issue with his back line.
“I’m very happy about getting selected to the MLS All-Star Game and be an All-Star again,” Gonzalez told Serrano. “It makes me really happy to go there again and go to Kansas City to represent MLS well.”
The focus now is on Vancouver, and Gonzalez expects a much more spirited performance, given LA’s acility to home-cook sat the drop of a hat.
“It just has to do with focus and having that fight to want to win the ball. When the ball is up in the air, you have to be stronger than the next guy and fighting like hell to get that ball,” Gonzalez said. “That’s just something that we have to be a little bit better about. We’ve been talking about it over and over that it’s like a broken record. We have to be really aggressive and want to win more than the next team.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised locally by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.