COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 24: Omar Gonzalez #4 of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Andres Mendoza #10 of the Columbus Crew battle for control of the ball in the first half on September 24, 2011 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Omar Gonzalez appears to be ahead of schedule in his attempt to return from ACL surgery.
The LA Galaxy activated center back Omar Gonzalez from the disabled list on Tuesday, meaning last year's Defender of the Year is eligible to play in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Union. Although the Galaxy have recently started to turn their season around, Gonzalez's absence has been felt considerably.
A year after allowing the fewest goals in MLS, the Galaxy have allowed more than all but two teams. In fact, with 27 goals allowed, they've given up one fewer goal in 17 games than they did during all of their 34-game 2011 season.
Gonzalez has missed the entire year after tearing his ACL in his left knee during a trial with FC Nurnberg on Jan. 4. After undergoing surgery on Jan. 13, doctors suggested he would be out 7-9 months. If he were to return this month, he would be about a month ahead of the earliest timeline. He has been doing light training since May and has been fully training since mid-June and even played 45 minutes of a scrimmage against the Galaxy's U-18 team.
For more on Gonzalez's recovery, be sure to check out LAG Confidential.