MLS: Why Omar Gonzalez Was the Defining MLS Player of 2012

MLS defender Omar Gonzalez, the American-born talent with a championship pedigree, defines what the MLS has become in 2012.

Gonzalez does not boast the marketable name of a Thierry Henry, the stupefying statistics of a Chris Wondolowski or even the standing of a Landon Donovan, but his inspiring play in 2012 did more than propel the Los Angeles Galaxy to its fourth MLS title—it encapsulated MLS’s upward trend.

The center back spits in the face of everything MLS is perceived to be amongst the iconoclastic, football elitists of the world.

The be-all and end-all to those unfamiliar with MLS is the designated player. Currently, two of the more prominent designated players are Henry and Robbie Keane. 

The two have been stellar since joining MLS, combining for 49 goals and 29 assists since their departure from the Premier League. Nonetheless, they no longer define what the league has evolved from. 


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