Young Defender Out to Impress Klinsmann

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While Omar Gonzalez has spent the early years of his career stockpiling trophies and plaudits, the international part of his résumé has remained largely empty.

Predictably, it has become an open space through which soccer fans and pundits have begun to wander.

As the United States prepares to embark next week on the final stage of qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup, Gonzalez’s sparkling play over the past four seasons in Major League Soccer has left many buzzing about whether he can become a welcome stalwart on his country’s back line — if not now, then by the time the World Cup is played in Brazil, assuming the United States makes it that far.

It is a discussion Gonzalez embraces.

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