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LA GALAXY

December 23, 2012
THE YEAR’S TOP STORIES - #9
Omar Gonzalez injury


With Omar Gonzalez sidelined by an offseason injury, the LA Galaxy struggled through the first half of the MLS season.
With Omar Gonzalez sidelined by an offseason injury, the LA Galaxy struggled through the first half of the MLS season.
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LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez’s offseason loan to FC Nurnburg of the German Bundesliga lasted less than a day. The 2011 MLS Defender of the Year tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his left knee minutes into his first training session, a setback that ranks tenth on the LA Soccer News list of the Top Ten local stories of 2012.

Gonzalez suffered the injury on January 4, returned to the U.S. a few days later, underwent surgery on January 13, and was expected to miss 7-9 months of action. He returned to light training in May, resumed full training in mid-June and came off the disabled list on July 3.

Gonzalez’s return coincided with a significant reversal of fortune for the defending MLS Cup champions, who struggled to a 6-9-2 record through the first four months of the season, but mounted a 10-3-4 run from July – October to make it to the playoffs as fourth seeds in the MLS West. They went on to defeat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 for their second straight MLS Cup. Gonzalez headed home the 1-1 equalizer in the championship game.


 
 
 
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