HERCULEZ GOMEZ Age: 28 Position: Forward Club team: Puebla -...


Age: 28
Position: Forward
Club team: Puebla - Primera Division (Mexico) (Signed with Pachuca in May)
Caps / Goals: 7 / 2
World Cup minutes: 85 (3 caps)

His story: Gomez earned one start and almost assisted on a Clint Dempsey goal, but it was controversially ruled offside. He wasn't spectacular, but he didn't hold the offense back either. He was added to the roster to provide a late spark and perhaps a goal, but the U.S. got neither.
Rating: 5

(May 25, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Herculez Gomez still has work left to do to earn a spot on the United States' 23-man roster, but he found a new team yesterday. The Las Vegas-born striker signed a contract Friday with Pachuca, where he will join American Jose Francisco Torres next season. 

Gomez, 28, is curently seeking a spot on Bob Bradley's World Cup team, but faces competition from fellow "bubble" strikers Edson Buddle and Brian Ching. All three -- along with Jozy Altidore -- could potentially get the nod. He earned a spot in training camp after leading the Mexican league in goals (10), all while receiving limited playing time for Puebla.

Pachuca, led by Torres in central midfield, fought its way to the Mexican Clausura tournament semifinals this season before falling to Toluca. It went 7-4-6 in the Primera Division's regular season.

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