Atlas (Primera Division)
#30 | Defender
October 11, 1988 (Age: 30)
6' 5", 205 lbs (1.96 m, 93 kg)
After completing his college career at the University of Maryland, Gonzalez was selected third overall by the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He would immediately be put in the starting lineup and scored his first goal for the team in April 2009 against the Colorado Rapids.
Gonzalez would be sent out on loan by the Galaxy to Nurnberg in the Bundesliga. However, his time with the team would short as he suffered an torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
In 2013, the Galaxy made the center-back a Designated Player when they signed him to a contract thought to be around $1.5 million.
After a successful stint in MLS, Gonzalez chose to test himself outside of the US league and signed with Liga MX team Pachuca in December 2015. The announcement of his arrival will be forever remembered as he was unveiled in a Darth Vader outfit.
Gonzalez made his debut for Pachuca in January 2016 in their 1-1 tie with Club Tijuana, tallying his first assist. He scored his first goal in February 2016 in a 1-1 tie with Pumas UNAM.
His time with Pachuca was successful as he helped them to win the Liga MX Clausura crown in 2016 along with the CONCACAF Champions League crown the following season.
Gonzalez has been in the US national team picture since the Under-17s.
He earned his first call up for the senior national team in August 2010 in their friendly against Brazil.
His performances saw him play a key role in the center of defense for the United States as they qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He would then be added to the 23-man roster that took part in the tournament.
In the region, Gonzalez has help the US to win CONCACAF Gold Cup titles in 2013 and 2017.