Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs, Jan. 12, 2011

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJanuary 12, 2011

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Omar Gonzalez #4 of the Los Angeles Galaxy jogs to midfield after scoring a goal in the first half against Seattle Sounders FC during the MLS Western Conference Semifinal match second leg at The Home Depot Center on November 7, 2010 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Adam Cristman to the G's

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Galaxy acquired forward Adam Cristman from D.C. United in exchange for the Galaxy's first round pick of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft.

The 26-year old Cristman has 12 goals and six assists in 68 career regular season games. A strong and powerful forward, he was a finalist for the MLS Rookie of the Year award in 2007 by totaling four goals and four assists in a career-high 28 games with the Revolution.

In 2008, Cristman scored a career-best six goals despite being limited to just 18 games from a toe injury. He was traded to Kansas City prior to the start of the 2009 season but was limited to just five appearances because of a fractured metatarsal that required surgery.

In 2010, Cristman joined the ranks of D.C. United. He appeared in 17 games for United last season, making eight starts while tallying two goals and an assist.

A special on Adam Cristman as part of the "This is The Los Angeles Galaxy" series will be posted later this week.

High hopes for Omar

Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez looks to crack the USA men's national team roster for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“My goals are to be on [the Gold Cup] team, if not starting then helping out any way that I can,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve just got to focus on being myself, playing freely, not putting too much pressure on myself. If I do that, the rest will come along with it.”

For the third-year player, the help he received from his veteran teammates has proved invaluable to his dreams of becoming successful on an international level. Notable national team players include defender/assistant coach Gregg Berhalter and midfielder/team captain Landon Donovan.

“The main thing is that I’ve always had good people around me, good friends and good teammates who can help me,” Gonzalez said. “That was always the main thing for me.

"All of the veteran players with the Galaxy were always there for me to talk to. It was always good but they’re not here right now so just take what I’ve learned and be confident because I’ve had two good years, so just take that and keep on going with it.”


The USA take on Chile on Jan. 22.

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