Francisco Gomez (soccer)

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Francisco Gomez
Personal information
Full name Francisco Gomez
Date of birth (1979-01-25) January 25, 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Watsonville, California, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1995 Tahuichi Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 California Jaguars 11 (1)
1999–2004 Kansas City Wizards 114 (11)
1999 MLS Pro-40 (loan) 8 (0)
2000 MLS Pro-40 (loan) 9 (1)
2005–2006 Chivas USA 12 (0)
2006 Miami FC 7 (1)
2007–2008 Bakersfield Brigade 15 (2)
National team
1995 United States U17
1999 United States U20
Teams managed
2007–2008 Bakersfield Brigade
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 23, 2008
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 13, 2006

Francisco Gomez (born January 25, 1979 in Watsonville, California) is a retired American soccer player.

Club career[edit]

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.

Gomez was released by Chivas in the middle of the 2006 season, and joined Miami FC in the USL First Division for the remainder of the season where he made seven appearances and scored 1 goal.

In January 2007, Gomez was hired as the new player-coach of Bakersfield Brigade.

National team[edit]

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.[1]