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Gonzalez eager to lead 'stingy' LA Galaxy defence

Omar Gonzalez is determined to be the central piece in the LA Galaxy's solid defence this season.

The USA international was the star of the show in the backline as the reigning MLS Cup winners opened the 2015 season with a 2-0 home win over Chicago Fire on Friday night.

Gonzalez admitted it was an area where the Galaxy were intent on improving this year and the centre-back was eager to get even better despite producing a shutout on opening weekend.

"We want to be a stingy defense," said Gonzalez who was involved in the lead-up to Jose Villarreal and Robbie Keane's second-half goals.

"I think last year we were that way, too, where we didn't allow much, but [opponents] would get one chance and score that one goal. That's how I felt it was last year, and that's the way I don't want it to be this year.

"We don't want to allow many chances, and teams are going to get chances - that's the way the game goes - but we just have to make sure that when they do get chances, that we're alert and we protect our keeper as much as possible and, hopefully, our keeper can pull us out of trouble."

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