All offseason long, Galaxy fans wondered how the team would manage to return in 2016 with the roster completely intact, fearing an inevitable roster shake-up that could force LA to let go of some of their most influential players.
Today, those fears became reality as the LA Galaxy announced that center back Omar Gonzalez has been transferred to Mexican club C.F. Pachuca.
"We thank Omar for his contribution and dedication to this club throughout the past seven years," said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. "We wish Omar the best of luck with Pachuca."
Gonzalez, 27, was selected by the LA Galaxy with the third overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and went on to make 180 MLS Regular Season appearances, tied for the ninth most in club history. During his seven seasons with LA, the defender was named MLS Rookie of the Year (2009), Defender of the Year (2011) and to four MLS Best XI rosters (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) in addition to winning three MLS Cup titles (2011, 2012, 2014).
Despite an influx of cash from the league that would have helped LA keep Omar, it appears the two sides were unable to come to terms. With the Galaxy having already signed three Designated Players in addition to Gonzalez, and a no-trade clause in Omar's contract, the only move left for LA was to transfer Gonzalez to another league.
Chris Klein admitted the move was "bittersweet", but believes the transfer will ultimately make the Galaxy a stronger club.