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Omar Gonzalez injures knee, not deemed serious

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The U.S. and Galaxy can breathe.

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Omar Gonzalez left the LA Galaxy's 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids at halftime with a knee injury, but it is not considered serious. His removal was called a precautionary measure and after the match Bruce Arena said that Gonzalez "will be fine."

With the World Cup six weeks away, the primary focus for Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States -- as well as every manager and team in the tournament -- is to avoid injuries. Seeing Gonzalez leave the match at halftime could not have been good for Klinsmann's heart, but it was quickly remedied by the news that the defender is okay.

Gonzalez in particular cannot afford any injuries right now. His struggles have him in a battle to start at the World Cup when a year ago, most people would have had him as a near lock. With Gonzalez set for a tough training camp battle to maintain his starting spot, he needs to go into it not just fit, but having regained some of his form. Any absence in the next 10 days would be a major setback.