For the past two years, Omar Gonzalez has been one of the biggest reasons the Galaxy have been back-to-back league champions.
After winning MLS Defender of the Year honors in 2011, Gonzalez missed the first half of the 2012 season as he recovered from ACL surgery. In his absence, the Galaxy struggled, but once he returned, LA’s season turned around and Gonzalez ended up becoming the MVP of MLS Cup 2012.
Gonzalez’ individual success, however, may actually hurt the Galaxy, as he will likely miss a good number of the Galaxy’s games as the USMNT pushes through the final round of World Cup qualifying.
The MLS calendar, unlike most of the world, does not revolve around the international calendar. If USMNT qualifying goes down to the final two games, which currently seems very likely, Gonzalez may not even be available to the Galaxy for some early round playoff matches.