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Omar Gonzalez still dreams of Europe but “committed to the Galaxy”

Jul 22, 2014, 11:17 PM EDT

Marouane Fellaini, ,Omar Gonzalez AP

Omar Gonzalez will don the colors of the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday for a friendly tilt against visiting Manchester United, but he hasn’t given up on facing the Red Devils in a more meaningful match.

In an article by Scott French on the MLS official web site, Gonzalez praised the trend of USMNT stars coming back to Major League Soccer before admitting he still thinks of his career moving abroad.

Gonzalez last played against a different sort of Red Devils, the Belgium side that eliminated the 25-year-old’s US side from the 2014 World Cup during the Round of 16.


Gonzalez had a short-term loan to German Bundesliga club FC Nuremberg at the start of 2012, but he torn his ACL in his first training session and returned home for surgery and rehab. Does he still have the dream of playing in Europe?

“I do,” he said. “I still want to go try my trade in Europe, but right now I’m committed to the Galaxy.”

His impressive performance in Brazil against Germany and Belgium brought speculation of overseas interest, but Gonzalez hadn’t much to say about it.

“That’s something my agent handles,” he said. “Right now, I’m looking to get back to full fitness and looking forward to getting a result against United and [then next week] go to Seattle and have a real tough game [with the Sounders].”

Oddly enough, the sale of Gonzalez could clear the way for the arrival of a man currently in L.A. to face the Galaxy on Wednesday: Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who is being whispered as a potential MLS transfer according to L.A. Galaxy Insider.

As for European competition, the 2014 MLS All-Star will also get a chance to take on Bayern Munich in August’s ASG.

  1. granadafan - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    He should go where he can get the best competition and improve his skills. Europe’s not for everyone, but they should at least give it a shot. There may be some built in discrimination by European teams against players from the US, but we need to keep breaking down those barriers.

    • mvktr2 - Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      I think it’s a case by case basis as to who should go and who should stay. I put Omar in the go category, actually at the top of the list. I’d like to see Yedlin in MLS for another 12-18 months then decide on making the move. Luis Gil I think would benefit from a move to the right situation, not a huge club or top league, Belgian league? Otherwise the guys that have gone the college route and are already 26 or 27 make the right choice to stay home …. Besler.

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