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Gomez: 'Odds stacked against me'
April 21st, 2010 1:46AM

TAGS:  americans abroad, men's national team, mexico, world cup


[WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN] Unless he's selected to represent the USA at the World Cup, Herculez Gomez's season is over -- and quite a season it's been. Before being red-carded late in Puebla's 4-1 win over Cruz Azul on Sunday, the American striker scored twice to give him 10 goals and a tie for first place among Mexican First Division goal scorers and to lead to further calls for his inclusion on the U.S. World Cup team.

“I know I’m the longest shot there’s ever been in the U.S., but I’ll take it. That’s all I can do,” Gomez told AP. “I know about odds, and I know the odds are stacked against me.”

Gomez, who grew up in Las Vegas, scored 10 goals in only 758 minutes of play -- he was mainly used as a substitute -- for a scoring rate of 1.18 goals every 90 minutes.

He credits his form on being healthy after enduring two knee operations in three years and playing up front again.

Gomez spent five years in MLS -- he was voted the Los Angeles Galaxy MVP in 2005 when it won MLS and U.S. Open Cup titles -- and praises the league for making him the player he is today.

He also spoke highly of U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley, for whom he made two brief appearances at the 2007 Copa America.

“I have all the faith in the world in Bob,” he said. “I think he’s a great coach. What I’m going through right now is something I am going to be telling my kids about when I’m older. It’s been such a great ride. It’s going to something for the rest of my life that will be hard to top.”

His red card against Cruz Azul means he's suspended for the regular-season finale Sunday at Toluca.

All he can do now is wait for a phone call.

  1. Brian Herbert
    commented on: April 21, 2010 at 8:41 p.m.
    I see no reason why Bradley can't include Gomez in the 30 he needs to name prior to paring down to 23. His performance this year justifies that, and there is another aspect that the USMNT should look at as well: Hispanic marketing. We'd be foolish not to see the level of interest Hispanic Americans would take in Gomez (if I worked for ESPN I would be putting a bug in Bradley's ear about this!). And, its not just smoke and mirrors to attract interest, this guy has shown he is the real deal.
  1. Robert Kiernan
    commented on: April 23, 2010 at 5:47 a.m.
    Well considering that Bradley's track record with both the other Mexican based players is, to be charitable, not so great... that would clearly be a good start. But, it also could prove to be seen to be a bit embarrassing... a young player doing so well, ONCE HE LEFT MLS... and from a conspiracy standpoint, unlike MLS...the Mexican league is clearly NOT a single entity with limited financial resources... they clearly already ARE a serious rival for players from the region and if they now start to be seen as able to start picking off some of the best US players as well...well the USSF and "their" league might not be too happy about that turn of events. But then that might prod MLS into finally going to either having reserve teams again or haveing a deal with some teeth to it with the D2 league so they might actually develop more of their players rather than having to compete with a richer league for the very same players. ... but for the record, Yeah I'd really love to see this kid with the Nats... along with Edson Buddle, because they both are actually scoring from the run of play, something we haven't been too great at doing of late...and just like Buddle, Gomez has played with Landon Donovan and since Donovan is the player that is the maestro... it makes good sense that the players up top be one's he is familiar with!

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