Gonzalez’s Defender of the Year nod highlights Toronto FC’s draft-day mistake

Omar Gonzalez

The scene: The 2009 MLS Superdraft. With the second pick, Toronto FC chose midfielder Sam Cronin, passing up on University of Maryland defender Omar Gonzalez, who the Los Angeles Galaxy took with the third pick.

On Wednesday, Gonzalez became the youngest player, at 23, to ever be named MLS Defender of the Year.

Cronin plays for the San Jose Earthquakes, banished there by Preki in 2010. TFC got allocation money in return.

Gonzalez, meanwhile, led a Galaxy defensive back four that gave up just 28 goals — less than a goal per game — in 2011. MLS let it slip in its announcement that Gonzalez is also on the league’s First XI (not a surprise, but that’s not supposed to be announced until commissioner Don Garber’s press conference on Thursday).
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