The loudest omission

Written by Will Parchman

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Omar Gonzalez had his terms. They were a sad thing in the end.

Over seven years with the LA Galaxy, Gonzalez’s career arc more closely resembled an erratic heartbeat than a plane’s takeoff pattern. He was the ball-playing center back the USMNT had always coveted. Then he was the highly touted ingenue with 10 years of national team ahead. Then he was the defender who tracked too many runners. Then he was the liability. Then he was in Mexico.

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Written by Travis Clark

CW2o7GlWcAAo4ybThe news that the LA Galaxy transferred Omar Gonzalez to Mexican club Pachuca wasn’t that big of a surprise — after all, the Galaxy had maxed out its allocation of Designated Player spots and it was unclear what the next step forward was for the club to stay under the salary cap.

Fast forward a few hours later, a very Star Wars-heavy theme was used by the club’s Twitter account to introduce all of its new signings. Then, video from Gonzalez’s introductory press conference began to make the rounds. And there you see Gonzalez, wearing a Darth Vader cape and mask, meet the press.

Even MLS isn’t this weird.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

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This year’s ESPN Body issue features Megan Rapinoe and Omar Gonzalez. Both U.S. National Team players go full nude and bare it all for the cameras. We’ve got a few of the pics down below along with some past soccer stars, including Tim Howard. There was also that one time when Alex Morgan did body paint for SI. 

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The soccer players for this years issue are Megan Rapinoe and Omar Gonzales. Check the rest below.

  • Michael Phelps (18-time Olympic gold medalist)
  • Prince Fielder (Texas Rangers first baseman)
  • Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks running back)
  • Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder forward)
  • Jamie Anderson (Gold-medal-winning snowboarder)
  • Aja Evans (Olympic bronze-medal-winning bobsledder)
  • Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals wide receiver)
  • Omar Gonzalez (U.S. men’s soccer player)
  • Coco Ho (Surfer)
  • Bernard Hopkins (Boxer)
  • Ginger Huber (Cliff diver)
  • Hilary Knight (Olympic hockey player)
  • Angel McCoughtry (WNBA)
  • Travis Pastrana and Lyn-Z (X Games stars; husband and wife)
  • Amy Purdy (2014 Paralympics bronze medalist)
  • Megan Rapinoe (U.S. women’s soccer player)
  • Jimmy Spithill (America’s Cup-winning yacht Oracle Team USA’s)
  • Nigel Sylvester (BMX)
  • Danyelle Wolf (Boxer)
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Written by The 91st

We’re well into the heart of the USMNT camp in Carson, CA, and the countdown has begun for the Jan. 29 matchup with Canada.

The U.S. camp roster has transitioned from fitness to tactical work as they put together the game plan. Omar Gonzalez and Chris Wondolowski can be seen here discussing the action while somewhere off in the distance the Canadians are ardently preparing.

We were able to get our hands on some exclusive footage of team Canada’s captain getting ready for the big match after the jump.

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Jurgen Klinsmann has made his final choices for his first January camp as head coach of the US National team. Klinsmann has decided to call in eighteen MLS players and is looking forward to seeing how they perform.

Klinsmann told U.S. Soccer:

“I’ve heard a lot of things from their club coaches and recieved a lot of recommendations. These guys are leaders in their MLS teams, and now they have the chance to show themselves on another level.”

The camp begins January 3rd in Phoenix, AZ, then will move to the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, CA from January 13th-20th.

Full roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), George John (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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