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Herculez Gomez wants back in MLS…he’s just not sure when

Apr 16, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

Herculez Gomez of the U.S. speaks to the media before attending a national soccer team practice session at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico

Who wouldn’t love to see Herculez Gomez back in MLS – if only because it would strip away his  ability to be  such an MLS thorn in CONCACAF Champions League?

Seriously, there are so many reasons why most clubs would love for the U.S.  international to fall into their roster. First and foremost, the guy can score; he’s a regular for a strong Liga MX side and a U.S. national team starter.

He’s a standup guy who has established great relationships with supporters through social media. The Santos Laguna man is an American who now enjoys tremendous respect in Mexico for his accomplishments there, so he carries a fantastic cross-over marketing value.

Gomez had his time in MLS – and it came and went with mixed results at Colorado, Los Angeles and Kansas City. Gomez got an opportunity in 2010 with Puebla in Mexico – at a time when the opportunities weren’t exactly flying in – and his career was suddenly off and flying.

The U.S. international is fairly diplomatic when he talks about his time in MLS and how things didn’t always fall his way. But never mind all that; not only does Gomez sound like someone who wants to get back into the league, he suggested during an interview with Soccer Today that day might not be long in coming. (Full disclosure: Soccer Today is a weekly radio show/podcast that I host along with ESPN’s Marc Stein.)

Gomez was in Dallas last week visiting with friends from his MLS days and watching the FC Dallas-LA Galaxy match. He spoke with Soccer Today the following morning, saying he loves his time in Mexico but mentioning that he has recently turned 31. Home is home, after all, and so many stars who find greater fortune in Europe or Mexico long  for the chance to finish back in our country.

The question was about playing once again in MLS “down the road.”

It might be sooner than you guys think. I’ve been enjoying myself playing [in Mexico]. But I’m at a point in my in my life right now where I have a lot more, and MLS is extremely attractive. What I’ve done in Mexico, I’m extremely proud of. It’s not just that I’m scoring goals, but I’ve been put in difference environments, other different situations, been kind of set up to fail, you might so, and I overcame. That’s something I’ve hung my hat on. …

I’d like to think somewhere out there, there is another opportunity somewhere out there for me in MLS. I’d like to be part of that, because I think that’s important.”

When pressed about whether that “somewhere out there” might even be this summer, Gomez reacted the way a professional should – by reminding us that he’s a proud member of Santos Laguna, focused tightly on the team’s busy spring schedule and everything his  club has on its target of accomplishments. He said it’s difficult to look ahead.

From my standpoint, I can’t look that far, can’t look past this summer. … Right now I’m thinking about what it’s going to take to win the double this summer. After we do that, and after we do the national team, I’ll start thinking about my future. Santos has to come to a decision this summer, whether they want me to stay, whether they want me to go. Something is going to happen this summer. … I’ve been fortunate enough to come this far, been fortunate enough to see what I’ve seen, to have done what I’ve done. And this ride has been amazing. It will continue, and whatever is in store is in store. Right now I’m just enjoying life.

Gomez’s portion of the hour-long show linked above begins at about the 35-minute mark.

  1. kuhjon - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    A potential move to MLS brings up all kinds of questions. How long does KC retain his rights? Even then, I guess he still wouldn’t get to choose his team because now he’d be subject to the allocation order (as a USMNT member), right? Or is allocation moot if a team wants to make him a DP? Is that likely or would he be content to come back and make 200-300K?

    • ernj - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      The rights expire after either 2 or 3 years and if there is a transfer fee the rights do not apply. Herc has been gone since 2009, so he would have to go through allocation unless brought in as a DP.

  2. dreadpirate82 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Before they signed Bieler this offseason, I was hoping Herc had reconciled with the SKC people and would become the new DP at Sporting Park. Bieler has worked out fairly well thus far…

  3. dfstell - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I dunno….I’d love for Herc to go wherever he pleases. In some ways, I love seeing him in Mexico and proving that Americans can play and excel down there. I’d also love to see him back here and I wouldn’t mind seeing him play in Europe.

    He should go wherever he can get paid the most. He’s 31. He should make some money and secure as much of his future as possible.

  4. jpan007 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    when he’s old enough lol

  5. SD1 Timbers Special Forces - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    He would be perfect for Chivas.

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