Toronto FC Signs Defender Omar Gonzalez
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, June 3, 2019
After multiple reports linking defender Omar Gonzalez to Toronto FC, the club officially announced that they've signed Gonzalez using their Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and that he'll join the roster on July 9.
Gonzalez is no stranger to MLS; he was selected third overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by the LA Galaxy, who he'd make 223 appearences for and achieve a great deal of success both part of the team and individually including: three-time MLS Cup winner (2011, 2012, 2014), back-to-back Supporters' Shields (2010 and 2011), 2011 MLS Defender of the Year, and 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year.
After seven years in LA, Gonzalez signed with Liga MX club Pachuca, where he would continue to win trophies including the 2016 Liga MX Championship and the 2017 CONCACAF Champions League.
Gonzalez has also achieved success at the international level with the United States; he was part of the 2013 and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup winning squads.
The 30-year old American defender will add depth and a strong veteran presence to Toronto FC's back line and will allow coach Greg Vanney to make adjustmets to his lineup and even experiment with different formations.
This is a great signing for Toronto FC and it'll be intersting to see what other move the team has in store when the transfer window opens in July.
Photo Credit: Toronto FC (torontofc.ca)