An outsider to make Bob Bradley’s final squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, Herculez Gomez’s hot form at club level in Mexico was something the coach simply could not ignore. With only a handful of US caps to his name, the 28-year-old striker of joint Mexican-American ancestry had a breakout season with Mexican outfit Puebla in 2010.
Beginning his club career in Durango, the opportunistic striker played for a succession of lower league teams in Mexico before settling in the United States and his hometown Los Angeles Galaxy in 2003. He stayed until 2006 and scored 16 goals in 53 appearances before being loaned out to the second tier of professional football in the States. Unsuccessful stretches in Colorado and Kansas City followed before he decided to move back south of the border to Mexico and Puebla, where his 10 goals in 14 appearances for the club earned him the top scorer title in the Clausura.
Gomez did not play in any of USA’s qualifiers for South Africa 2010 and this competition will be his first run out at a FIFA World Cup. His ability to make an impact off the bench might well make him a dangerous weapon for Bradley if the US find themselves in need of an attacking spark late in a game.