Bruce Arena has made it clear he very much likes players from his three-time MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy teams. He has already brought over Ema Boateng and AJ DeLaGarza, so Omar Gonzalez is just the topper.
Sebastian Lletget was also traded to New England last week. Gonzalez was a massive part of the Galaxy’s success in defense, and got plenty of looks with the United States national team as well. He is now 33 years old, and coming off a solid season of 27 MLS appearances. He actually scored three times for a struggling Toronto FC side last season. Jozy Altidore, another TFC player on the older side, has come up in talks of Revs negotiations as well. It will be intriguing to see the next steps taken by Arena in his roster build.
Omar has 23 caps with the USMNT, and played in three games in the 2014 World Cup. He becomes a very solid veteran depth piece in central defense, behind Andrew Farrell and Henry Kessler. Some concern may be apparent among Revs fans wondering if the Revs will make bigger moves for more explosive players.
A Tajon “replacement” is what most fans are seeking, but there is plenty of time left in the off-season for Bruce Arena to fill both veteran and explosive needs. It’s safe to say the man knows a thing or two about creating a championship-winning caliber roster. New England will play a match in about seven weeks, so any further moves will likely come sooner rather than later.