LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez hopes MLS Cup final can fill void left by NBA lockout

There's a sporting void in Los Angeles with the Lakers part of the NBA lockout, and Omar Gonzalez thinks he knows of an event that can help fill it.
CARSON, Calif. -- With the NBA lockout rumbling on, the Los Angeles Galaxy might be only group in town happy that the Lakers' season hasn't started yet.

The Major League Soccer Cup final has become the hottest ticket in town, with reports that some tickets are being marked up as much as 50 percent. Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez hopes that the team will be able to fill the void left by the city's beloved basketball franchise in Sunday's MLS finale.

"Due to the fact that basketball isn't going on right now, people want a sport to watch," said Gonzalez. "Our sport is great to watch and I think people are starting to realize it. I can see the buzz starting to happen -- it's great."

He added, "I'm just happy that soccer is continuing to grow."

The Galaxy popularity is continuing to swell in the city. The team recently signed a 10-year, $55 million TV deal and Gonzalez believes media is paying increased attention.

Even though there are heightened expectations on the team to win -- especially since the Home Depot Center, where the Galaxy haven't lost all year, will host the final -- Gonzalez says that he is happy to be a part of the experience.

"This is what it's all about," the MLS Defender of the Year said. "You just have to take it all in because you never know when you are going to get back here."