The World Cup gave another huge boost to soccer popularity in this country. But sustaining growth in the next four years will require more than just compelling soccer action. It will take intriguing and magnetic personalities in the same way that Tiger Woods turned some people into golf fans simply because they were drawn to his story.
For soccer, the man for this job might be Omar Gonzalez.
The Texas native has had great on-the-field success by winning an NCAA championship at Maryland and earning MLS defender of the year in 2011. And he can generate some buzz off the field as he did during his appearance Monday with Conan O'Brien. Among the topics discussed is Gonzalez's nude modeling for the ESPN Magazine "Body Issue."