Cirovski on Gonzalez: "Omar had a great season last year which was reflected by him being named ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He is a tremendous athlete and has improved each season, which we expect to continue. I believe he will be the best center back in the country by season's end."
As a Sophomore in 2007: Tough defender and particularly strong in the air ... also has the ability to jump start the offense with foot skills ... 2007 ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... NSCAA/adidas All-America Third Team selection ... All-South Atlantic honoree ... All-ACC Second Team ... ... both he and fellow center back A.J. Delagarza began every match ... led the Maryland defense that finished fourth in the ACC in goals allowed (23) and goals against average (1.01) ... added a goal and an assist on the offensive end ... used his height as he headed home a Graham Zusi cross in the NCAA third round game against Bradley (12/1) ... assisted Rodney Wallace on a goal off a corner kick against NC State (10/27).
As a Freshman in 2006: Soccer America second team All-Freshman member ... ACC All- Freshman Team selection ... started all 22 games for Maryland on defense and logged the second most minutes on the team ... played every minute of every match beginning against Loyola (9/26) ... finished the season with a goal and three assists ... began the game-winner against Boston College (11/1) in the ACC Tournament with a throw-in to Maurice Edu who found Graham Zusi in the box for the overtime goal ... set up Jeremy Hall for a goal with a cross against Bucknell (10/24) while also scoring a goal of his own on an open net with the goalkeeper out of position ... recorded his first career point as a Terp when he got an assist against Binghamton (9/27).
Before Maryland: Joined the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in January of 2005 ... earned eight caps and scored three goals, including the winning score against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, securing the U.S. a spot in the FIFA U-17 World Championship ... played club soccer for the Dallas Texans, and was a USYSA All-American in 2005 ... in his two seasons at Skyline High prior to residency, he was a first team all-district player.
Personal: The son of Adrian and Maria Gonzalez ... born October 11, 1988 ... one of four children with brother Adrian, and sisters Roxanna and Luisanna ... sister Luisanna plays volleyball for Louisiana Tech ... lists Ronaldihno as his favorite athlete ... was also recruited by St. John's, SMU, Virginia, Clemson, Santa Clara and Michigan ... enrolled in the College of Letters and Sciences.
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