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New England Revolution sign Omar Gonzalez as a free agent

The player will be reunited with Bruce Arena, the coach who gave him his debut with the LA Galaxy. 

Gonzalez is happy to be reunited with Bruce Arena at New England Revolution
Gonzalez is happy to be reunited with Bruce Arena at New England Revolution

It was confirmed today that the New England Revolution signed Omar Gonzalez as a free agent and that he will remain with the club until 2023.

In this way, the player will be reunited with Bruce Arena, the coach who made his debut in LA Galaxy

The former USMNT player made his professional debut with the Los Angeles club under Bruce Arena's tutelage in 2009, a club where he remained until 2015 when he played under Arena's guidance. 

On the player's arrival to his new team, Bruce Arena commented: "Omar Gonzalez is a proven winner, with trophies in Mexico and the United States. His international experience brings a unique background to the Revolution."

He added: "We anticipate that Omar will complement our current backline and help make this unit one of the best in MLS. I look forward to working with Omar again and welcoming him and his family to New England." 

The 33-year-old defender arrives with the Revs to bring experience, having played in both MLS and Liga MX. He played for Pachuca from 2015 to 2018. 

He would later move to Atlas where he would play from 2018 to 2019 and from there, he would return to MLS to play with Toronto FC, a team he left to join the Revs

Omar Gonzalez's quality brought him to USMNT

The player is used to challenges and proof of that was when on July 17, 2013, he was called up to the USMNT.

He was one of four players who were added to the 23-man roster that represented the U.S. national team in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Gonzalez made his tournament debut in the final minutes of the final against Panama.

It was probably there that Jürgen Klinsmann noticed him for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, and he made his debut in his team's 1-0 loss to Germany in the group stage.

However, the player would not score his first goal with USMNT until July 18, 2015, in a match against Cuba, a game in which the Stars and Stripes thrashed the island team with a score of 6-0.

Gonzalez is happy to be reunited with Bruce Arena at New England Revolution

The player has been unable to hide how excited he is to be reunited with the coach who helped him grow as an athlete, and who allowed him to make his professional debut

On his arrival to the team, the player said: "I am very excited to join the Revolution and am grateful for the opportunity to join Bruce Arena in New England".

"Together we enjoyed many years of success in Los Angeles and I am ready to compete for more championships alongside him and my new teammates," he said in a statement. 

The track record of Omar Gonzalez 

Gonzalez has 52 appearances in the United States Men's National Team where he has scored 3 goals.

He also won the MLS Cup three times with LA Galaxy, the team with which he played 223 games and managed to convert 17 goals and provide 13 assists.

In 2016 he was champion of Liga MX with Pachuca, a club with which he also won the CONCACAF Champions League in 2017.

As can be seen, Gonzalez has the necessary experience to help Bruce Arena consolidate the New England Revolution, to not only win the Supporter's Shield but to finally reach the MLS Cup, an award that has eluded the team on numerous occasions. 

Walter Gabriel Estrella Yah.

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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