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GALAXY: America trolling for Gonzalez?

December, 16, 2011

The Galaxy continues to work on its roster, working on new deals with Sean Franklin, Juninho and a few others while awaiting decisions by, at the least, David Beckham and Chris Birchall.

Might they also need to find a replacement for Omar Gonzalez?

Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year is being pursued by Mexico City giant Club America, ESPN Deportes' Fernando Schwartz posted to his Twitter account.

The gist of Schwartz's text: The Aguilas aren't after New York Red Bulls defender/midfielder Rafa Marquez, the Mexican national team captain, but rather the young Galaxy star.

Gonzalez, 23, a 6-foot-5 Texan, had a tremendous impact for the Galaxy in his third Major League Soccer campaign, anchoring their backline as the team tied the league mark with 17 shutouts during the regular season, three in the CONCACAF Champions League and two more in the MLS Cup playoffs.

He was MLS's Rookie of the Year in 2009 and an MLS Best XI selection and Defender of the Year finalist in 2010.

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