Gringo Abroad: Herculez Gomez Can’t Miss the Net


Monarcas Morelia 1 – Puebla 1

Primera División Apr-03-2010

Match Summary

Home team and match-favorite Monarcas were able to dominate possession but unable to turn that advantage into multiple goals.  Puebla goalkeeper Alexandro Olivares denied the favorites on multiple occasions.  He was, however, unable to do anything about a 12th minute Miguel Sabah shot – the ball took an odd bounce past 3 defenders and Sabah found himself free just in front of goal.  Monarcas were the dominant side in both halves, but Puebla substitute Herculez Gomez’s clinical finish in the 51st was the only second half strike that found the net.

American Performance

Herculez Gomez entered at the start of the second half and tried to make his presence felt seconds in, but his ambitious shot from outside the box went quite wide.  However, a few minutes later he ran down a long cross and his first touch was a perfectly placed strike that rolled into the far corner of the net.  Gomez only had a few nice moments the rest of the half, as Puebla were mostly interested in defending the tie.

After fellow forward Carlos Ruiz was subbed out, Herculez spent the rest of the game as a lone striker, a role that didn’t appear to suit him.  Since Puebla were refusing to push many players forward, their keeper just kept punting the ball to Gomez.  He was unable to win many aerial challenges, but Puebla continued trying and Gomez eventually won a free kick.  His subsequent effort was agonizingly close to granting his team 3 points, but the ball didn’t dip quite enough and it bounced off the post.

National Team Implications

Herculez Gomez has not played with the USMNT since 2007, and that was mostly spot duty.  But his sterling form in 2010 (his 8 goals in only 13 matches are good for second in the league) has many pundits calling for Bob Bradley to give the striker a look.

As noted earlier, his play as a target forward left something to be desired.  That’s not, however, the role he would play with the USMNT (he would look to play off the more physical Jozy Altidore), and with a lack of forwards scoring in any league, Gomez should get a shot to prove he belongs.

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  1. Gringo Primal says:

    I have now seen with my own two eyes the great and illustrious FootBama!

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