Francisco Gomez (soccer)
|Full name||Francisco Gomez|
|Date of birth||January 25, 1979|
|Place of birth||Watsonville, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|1999–2004||Kansas City Wizards||114||(11)|
|1999||→ MLS Pro-40 (loan)||8||(0)|
|2000||→ MLS Pro-40 (loan)||9||(1)|
|1995||United States U17|
|1999||United States U20|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 23, 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gomez joined the Kansas City Wizards in 1999, after playing briefly with the California Jaguars of the A-League. He saw little playing time in his first two years, however - as a rookie, he appeared in seven games, scoring one goal, while in his second year he appeared in 14 (seven starts), scoring two goals and one assist. Gomez played a key role in Kansas City's road to MLS Cup 2000 scoring the game winner in quarterfinal game against the Colorado Rapids. Gomez began to see significantly increased playing time in 2001, when he appeared in 24 games, 18 of them starts, while scoring four goals and six assists. Gomez kept something of a utility role during his later MLS career. In his six years with Kansas City, Gomez appeared in 114 games, registering 14 goals and 14 assists. After the 2004 season, he was selected seventh overall in the MLS Expansion Draft by Chivas USA.
In January 2007, Gomez was hired as the new player-coach of Bakersfield Brigade.
Although Gomez played a significant role for several of the United States youth national teams, he has yet to see a cap with the senior team. He captained the US in the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship, and was a significant part of the U-20 national team, playing alongside Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherendolo in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria.