As of now, the Los Angeles Galaxy have two Designated Players in Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. The third spot has been vacant since the departure of David Beckham at last season’s conclusion.
The Galaxy say that they will announce the third DP on Thursday, and head coach Bruce Arena has made no attempt to keep it a secret that he wants Omar Gonzalez’s contract extended by week’s end. Gonzalez, who has been the fixture in Los Angeles’ back line in route to consecutive MLS titles, two Supporters Shields, and three Western Conference Titles since 2009. Gonzalez, just 24, has a contract that is set to expire at the end of the season.
Frank Lampard, Andrey Arshavin, Giovani dos Santos, and Samuel Eto’o have all been rumored as potential candidates to come stateside and become Los Angeles’ third DP. However, the club’s desire to maintain Gonzalez’s services have put the majority of that speculation to rest.
Gonzalez has also become a first-team defender for the United States national team under the direction of Jurgen Klinsmann. Although Arena may want Gonzalez locked up for the future, the possibility that he decides to take his talents overseas remains prominent. The Galaxy’s center back managed to tear his ACL in his first training session with FC Nürnberg after heading to the Bundesliga on loan.
“I think at some point I do want to go to Europe, but I think it has to be the right time, and I’m still trying to figure that out. Whether it be at the end of the year or whether it be later, three years from now, it doesn’t matter.”