Apr 29, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT
This one would defy logic a little bit. But not entirely.
Coming a matter of days after Santos Laguna and USMNT forward Hérculez Gómez publicly addressed MLS commissioner Don Garber in a Twitter Q&A, the former LA Galaxy player is said to want a move back to MLS with Seattle interested in taking him.
Gómez’ inquiry last week, into why Sporting Kansas City still hold his MLS rights, was an intriguing one. He did it publicly and threw his potential return to playing back in MLS out into the open, for all to see. It seems like Seattle picked up on that.
Gómez spent a few months on loan with the Sounders when they were a second-tier side back in 2003. And in recent months his constant baiting of fans, front office staff and players in Seattle have acted to further fuel the burgeoning rivalry, and relationship, between the Californian native and the Sounders.
Because in recent years, Gómez has become a much maligned figure in the Emerald City, after frequently scoring against the Rave Green and rattling the cages of the Sounders faithful while leading Mexican side Santos to CCL success over the MLS franchise. Boo’s rung out and chants of “Sounders reject” reigned down in Santos’ recent CCL semifinal success.
Would he add something to Seattle’s attack? Maybe. His talent is undoubted and Jurgen Klinsmann believes Gómez is good enough to be a starter on the USMNT.
But one thing that could sway the move, is something that chips away at Gómez. He has never reached the heights in MLS.
The much-travelled striker has found great success in Liga MX and has scored goals for fun. Yet with LA, Colorado Rapids and KC, he scored just 23 times in 124 games. Not that great at all for a striker. This week could see him win the CCL with Santos, a perfect way to end his time in Mexico and return home to the USA.
His move south of the border in 2010 ignited his play, now it seems as if he wants to return to MLS with something to prove. Is Seattle the right fit for him? Probably not.
I would say the lightning-quick attack that Sounders head coach Sigi Scmhid prefers isn’t for Gómez. He prefers to get touches on the ball, weave runs in behind the defense and wait for intricate passes into space behind the full backs. Seattle’s smash and grab mentality doesn’t really suit him… but then they don’t have any attacking options like Gómez now that Fredy Montero has departed to Millonarios.
Could Gómez be the poacher in and around the box that could scored the goals that would transform Seattle from perennial playoff let downs to MLS Cup champions? We shall sit back, wait a little, and see where Herculez lands.
Despite his past discrepancies with the fans and staff in Seattle, they may be hoping Gómez returns, for a shot at redemption. The last word goes to him:
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