Galaxy’s Gonzalez withdraws from U.S. squad to explore overseas “loan opportunity”*

*Post updated

That’s the word from the Galaxy’s Facebook page, which posted in the wake of U.S. Soccer’s brief announcement that Omar Gonzalez had received permission to leave camp in Arizona.

“The Galaxy defender is currently out of the country having conversations about a potential off-season loan opportunity,” the Galaxy statement said. “We should have more information in the next day or two.”

Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza remains with the U.S. team, which opened camp earlier this week switches to Home Depot Center for a week from Jan. 13-20, then heads back to Arizona for the Jan. 21st game against Venezuela before the team heads to Panama for a Jan. 25 encounter with that nation.

Dallas’ George John has also left camp,apparently for the same reason, while U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans and defender Jeff Parke to the camp roster.

Update

Well, we now know where Gonzalez has headed on loan. And look who his central defensive partner will be at the club – and is that a precursor for the country, too?

What was that about the U.S. Men’s National Team becoming too German?

Update

Here’s more on the Galaxy defenders’ German team, courtesy of the Galaxy:

FC Nrnberg are currently in 15th place with 18 points at the halfway point of the German Bundesliga season with a 5-9-3 record. Currently on their winter break, Nrnberg will hold a training camp next week in Turkey before returning to Bundesliga action on Saturday, January 21 when they host Hertha Berlin. That will be the first of four league games that Nrnberg has scheduled during Gonzalez’s loan, which will conclude following the club’s trip to face FC Augsburg on Sunday, February 12. In between those two games, Gonzalez is also scheduled to face Hannover 96 on the road on January 27 and host the reigning Bundesliga champions, Borussia Dortmund, on February 3.

Update II

I thought you were joking, Studs, about Omar’s injury. Apparently not!

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  • UCLABZ

    hmmm… should we be concerned? That seems like an awful lot of people choosing not to participate in a US team camp. I understand they want to advance their career, but I would think suiting up for International duty brings pretty good exposure and is one heck of an opportunity for career advancement.

    I know Preston Zimmerman vent about the team becoming too German… It seemed rather immature to me, but is it a growing sentiment among our “B” players?

  • Ben

    Hey Nick, thanks again for all your Galaxy reporting. It’s much appreciated.

    As they are usually not fortcoming with info themselves, is there a chance you could get some info from the Galaxy/Bruce Arena on the current (contract) situation of these players:

    Chris Birchall
    Leonardo (still on loan from Sao Paulo BRA?)
    Dasan Robinson
    Frankie Hejduk (retiring?)
    Jovan Kirovski (retiring?)
    Miguel Lopez (still on loan from Quilmes ARG?)

    as well as the three Re-EntryDraft picked, but not (yet) signed Chris Leitch, Jon Conway, Andrew Boyens.

    Also please ask them if there is any chance than Juninho would come back on loan again from Sao Paulo for the 2012 season or not?

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    Ben: thanks for reading. I forwarded an edited version of your email to the Galaxy and they have no updates yet: we’re continuing to build and improve our roster in advance
    of the 2012 season and will be able to share any and all information
    once it is confirmed.

  • studs

    Update: Omar injures knee from a tackle by idiot Timothy Chandler in practice. :( (((