Gonzalez joins Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane as a DP in LA and becomes the first Galaxy and United States defender to be named a DP in Major League SoccerOmar Gonzalez has become the first American defender to sign a Designated Player contract with Major League Soccer.
The LA Galaxy announced on Thursday that they have inked the U.S. international to a new multi-year deal with the club, making him the team's third DP along with Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. Terms of the deal have not been released.
“We are thrilled that Omar has chosen to remain with the Galaxy and Major League Soccer for years to come,” said Dan Beckerman, CEO of AEG. “Omar’s commitment is a clear indication of our continued appeal as a destination for top soccer talent.”
Gonzalez has been a rock at the back for the Galaxy, and at just 24 has made his way into the fold with the U.S. national team as well. He won the 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year award and was named the 2011 MLS Defender of the Year and 2012 MLS Cup MVP.
Rafa Marquez (New York Red Bulls) and Torsten Frings (Toronto FC) are the only other defenders to have Designated Player contracts in league history.
“To be the first Galaxy and U.S. defender to be named as a Designated Player is a great honor for me,” said Gonzalez. “The Galaxy are the premier club in MLS and I’m looking forward to growing as a professional in LA while working towards winning a third consecutive MLS Cup.”
Gonzalez, who was also an MLS Best XI selection in both 2010 and 2011, has appeared in 119 regular season games since joining the Galaxy, scoring six goals and adding five assists.