Gonzalez still open to playing for El Tri 

October, 6, 2011

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The United States has never lost a player capped at the senior level to another national team. But the longer Omar Gonzalez goes without a call-up from Jurgen Klinsmann, the greater chance he has of making history.

A year after his international debut against Brazil under then-coach Bob Bradley, the 22-year-old center back has established himself as the top defender in MLS this season, helping the Los Angeles Galaxy to the best record and goals-against average in the league.

But the 6-foot-5 Gonzalez, who holds Mexican and American citizenship, has been ignored for three straight camps under the new U.S. regime, so he's keeping an open mind regarding El Tri.

"Why not?" Gonzalez told us earlier this week. "Mexico is strong right now, very strong. If something were to come along, I'm definitely going to listen."

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.