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Video: High opportunity factor for U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez

Leave a comment has launched a series they call “Opportunity Knocks,” and who better to start with than Omar Gonzalez?

If opportunity is “knocking” for some during the January national team camp, that sucker is banging on door for Gonzalez. He has every physical tool needed to raise his game to international level, which is exactly what manager Jurgen Klinsmann is hoping for during the three weeks and change prior to next week’s friendly in Houston.

We all know the U.S. center back scene remains one in transition, with Carlos Bocanegra in the winter of his career and Oguchi Onyewu unable to gain any traction in efforts to regain a spot atop the heap. That leaves Geoff Cameron and … well, a lot of guys hoping to be this year’s Geoff Cameron, straining to establish his international chops the way Stoke City’s defender did in 2012.

In this video, Gonzalez actually stretches the vision of his personal opportunity factor, correctly recognizing and appreciating his place in the bigger picture (by understanding that extensive rehab support isn’t available free of charge to most individuals).

He also addresses past frustrations with the national team. Remember, not so long ago the big Galaxy man was hinting about wandering down another path, about the possibility of playing for Mexico rather than for the United States.

Here is the video:


Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.

Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze out 10-12 weeks with groin injury

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21:  Mario Goetze of FC Bayern Muenchen in action during the international friendly match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan of the Audi Football Summit 2015 at Shanghai Stadium on July 21, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.

The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.

Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.

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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.

However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.

Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.