Mark Anthony Gonzalez
2016: Enjoyed a standout rookie season with the Swope Park Rangers, making 27 regular-season appearances, including 16 starts, and tallying a team-best nine goals and four assists. Tallied the game-winning assist on his professional debut in the season opener against Portland Timbers 2 on March 26. Added his second assist in the 1-1 draw with Sacramento Republic FC on May 28 before scoring his first professional goal against Timbers 2 on June 4. Four days later, Gonzalez scored twice, including the game-winner, against Rio Grande Valley FC before adding his fourth goal of the season against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on June 12. Struck home his fifth goal against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on June 26 meaning he ended the month with five goals, which led the league. Continued his scoring record with goals in wins against Orange County Blues FC and San Antonio FC on July 23 and July 30, respectively. Notched the game-winner against LA Galaxy II on Aug. 27 before adding his third assist of the season on Aug. 31 against San Antonio FC. Scored his ninth goal of the season against OKC Energy FC on Sept. 18, while he also added the game-winning assist in that game. Was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 12 and 26, while he was named to the bench for Week 19. Gonzalez made four appearances in the USL Cup Playoffs, starting twice, scoring a joint team-high three goals. Came off the bench to score two late goals against LA Galaxy II in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sept. 30 before opening the scoring in the 2-1 win over Orange County Blues FC on Oct. 9. Gonzalez was named Swope Park Rangers Offensive Player of the Year on Oct. 8.
Before USL: In the summer of 2014, Gonzalez played for Sigma FC in League1 Ontario, scoring three goals in eight games. The following year, he spent time playing with Toronto FC’s Academy in the USL Premier Development League, where he again scored three times in seven appearances.
College: Gonzalez spent four years at the University of Evansville, where he made 71 appearances for the Purple Aces, tallying 27 goals and six assists. He was named to the Missouri Valley Conference First Team three times and was also selected to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Midwest Region Second Team as a sophomore and as a senior. Gonzalez was also a MVC All-Freshman Team selection in 2012.