Omar Gonzalez interview: USMNT defender talks World Cup, LA Galaxy and Abby Wambach

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World Soccer Talk spoke with Omar Gonzalez this week and discussed his partnership with Pass the Love, Steven Gerrard, why he’d like to borrow Abby Wambach for the US Men’s National team and more.

Here’s the transcript of the exclusive interview:

Caitlin O’Connell (CO): So tell us about Pass the Love and how you got involved.

Omar Gonzalez (OG): Today I’m working with Ritz, Chips Ahoy and Trident to let soccer fans know about the Pass the Love campaign and the way that I got involved is we are basically building on this program that started last year for the U.S. Men’s National Team at their World Cup and I was part of that campaign as well. Today, I’m just here trying to get the fans to show the same support that they showed us down in Brazil and send all that love to the women playing in Canada.

I can speak from a personal side because being down in Brazil and seeing all their support, seeing all the watch parties and everything it made us play that much harder knowing the whole nation was supporting us. I want all that love that was cheered for us and send it to the women.

CO: Last summer the country fell in love with the U.S. Men’s National Team. How has your life changed as a player since coming back from Brazil?

OG – My life hasn’t changed all that much. The one thing I do is get recognized a lot more. Not a crazy amount more but a little bit and it’s been great for fans to come up and tell me how much fun they had watching the games, how great it was to get together with all their friends and family. It’s been really nice to hear that from fans.

CO: You were recently named to the Gold Cup preliminary squad. Do you have a different mentality this time around after being a part of the team that won the most recent Gold Cup?

OG – The mentality is always the same. You always want to win and we want to win the Gold Cup. This one is very important because if we win this one that will send us to the Confederations Cup which we missed last time. So the mentality is to be ruthlessL Go out there and play hard every single game. Just be dominate. We want to be dominate and we know it’s going to be hard. There are some very good teams who are playing in the tournament and who want to win as well but we just have to want it more than they do.

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