CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Omar Gonzalez #4 of the Los Angeles Galaxy heads the ball against the Houston Dynamo during the 2011 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on November 20, 2011 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Guess what LA Galaxy fans? Bang the biggest drum, open your best bottle of champagne, and killed the fattened calf. It is appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, Omar Gonzalez, was injured, and is healthy again. The 2011 MLS Defender of the Year has been out since tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee back in January. He is now eligible to make his 2012 MLS debut on Wednesday when the Galaxy host the Philadelphia Union.
Gonzalez is now listed as questionable, along with Kyle Nakazawa and Pat Noonan. Still out are Andrew Boyens, Edson Buddle, Dan Keat, and Leonardo. Leonardo briefly made it off the injured like before reinjuring his knee on the turf at Jeld-Wen.
Omar Gonzalez was originally slated to miss 7-9 months after his surgery on January 13th; August was seen as the earliest possible return date. He returned to light training in May and has been fully training with the club since mid-June while also playing 45 minutes in a practice game against the Galaxy's U-18 squad on Monday.
The Galaxy don't have a reserve match until August, so it'll be interesting to see how Bruce Arena brings him back. It's possible he could see some junk minutes in the next few matches as Gonzalez gets his legs back. At the very least, this is a positive sign as the Galaxy look to change the trajectory of the season.
In other news, Adam Cristman has announced his intention to retire today. A six year MLS veteran, he's been on the disabled list since May 25th with concussion symptoms. He missed the first two months of the season because of a concussion suffered in a preseason match, then after debuting he suffered a second concussion in training.