|Full name||Hérculez Gómez Hurtado|
|Date of birth||April 6, 1982|
|Place of birth||Oxnard, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
(on loan from Xolos de Tijuana)
|2002||San Diego Gauchos||17||(17)|
|2002–2006||Los Angeles Galaxy||53||(16)|
|2003||→ Seattle Sounders (loan)||17||(1)|
|2004||→ San Diego Sockers (loan)||10||(5)|
|2008–2009||Kansas City Wizards||34||(1)|
|2014||→ UANL (loan)||15||(1)|
|2015–||→ Puebla (loan)||8||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 February 2015.
Hérculez Gómez Hurtado (born April 6, 1982) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Puebla on loan from Club Tijuana in Liga MX. He is the first player to have won both the MLS Cup and Mexico's Primera División championship.
Gómez started his soccer career in 2001 with Cruz Azul of the México Primera División on their second-division squad, and transferred to second-division team Aguilas Blancas de Puebla later that year. The following season, he returned to Primera División soccer with Durango. However, playing opportunities were scarce for him there, so he left, thinking he would quit soccer, but instead he joined the San Diego Gauchos of the USL D-3 Pro League in 2002, where he excelled, scoring seventeen goals in seventeen appearances. The Los Angeles Galaxy staff noticed him during a friendly match and he joined the team in September.
Gómez broke his foot while on loan to the Seattle Sounders of the United Soccer Leagues, and recovery took a long time. When he was able to play again, he joined the San Diego Sockers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He returned to the Galaxy for the 2005 season on a developmental contract, but played well enough to make it to the first team. His big chance came when Landon Donovan was called up to the national team. Donovan's absence gave Gomez many more starts at striker, and he was able to shine as a breakout goal-scorer.
He scored the game-winning goal in the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, then helped the Galaxy to a rare Cup 'double' when they also won the 2005 MLS Cup. Gómez ended the 2005 season with eighteen goals scored for the Galaxy (in all matches), and was voted by the local L.A. media as the year's Most Valuable Player.
Early in the 2006 season, Gómez was moved to the bench with then-coach Steve Sampson. Sampson used Gómez as a midfielder to see if he could score goals running at defenses. After Sampson's firing, however, Gomez scored several times under new coach Frank Yallop, and ended that season with five goals.
On December 1, 2006, Gómez was traded to the Colorado Rapids along with Ugo Ihemelu in exchange for Joe Cannon. He scored the first goal in the history of Dick's Sporting Goods Park in his first game for Colorado, a 2-1 win over D.C. United on April 7, 2007. Gomez tore his ACL during training with the Rapids in September of that year and was forced to undergo a lengthy recovery process.
On September 3, 2008, Gómez was traded to Kansas City Wizards in exchange for allocation money, a fourth round 2009 MLS SuperDraft pick and a first round 2009 MLS Supplemental Draft pick. His only goal for the Wizards was an injury time winner against San Jose Earthquakes, a must win game in their 2008 play-offs push.
Gómez signed with Mexican club Puebla F.C. in January 2010. He scored ten goals in the 2010 Mexican season to tie for the lead for most goals; this feat marked the first time any American player led a foreign league in goals.
Pachuca placed Gómez, along with its entire squad, on the transfer list. During the transfer window he moved along with teammate Braulio Luna to Estudiantes Tecos. Gómez scored his first goal for his new club in the second game of the Mexican Apertura season, coming in a 2-1 loss to San Luis. Following this good performance, Gómez was included in the starting lineup for his side's next game against Club América at the Estadio Azteca. Gómez played the full 90 and hit the post with one shot, his side won 2-1 and gained their first points of the season.
On August 19 Gómez started from the bench as his side faced former club Pachuca. Pachuca went up 1-0 in the 22nd minute but Tecos equalized in the 49th. Gómez came off the bench in the 67th minute and led his side to a 2-1 win, striking it past the onrushing goalkeeper after receiving a nice through ball.
Cash-strapped Estudiantes Tecos were forced into selling Gomez to league rivals Santos Laguna, whom Gomez joined on December 10, 2011. Since joining Santos Laguna, Gomez has scored 11 goals in his first 12 appearances for the team across all competitions.
With Santos Laguna's 2012 Clausura victory, Gomez became the first player to have won both the MLS Cup and the Primera División championship. In 2013, he moved to Xolos de Tijuana. After struggling with Tijuana, he was loaned to Tigres UANL for the 2014-15 season. On July 19, 2014, Gomez made his official debut with Tigres in a 0-0 draw against Atlas de Guadalajara at the Estadio Jalisco. On October 25, 2014, he scored his first goal with Tigres, in the 2-2 draw against arch-rival C.F. Monterrey. However he ended the season poorly with only one goal. His loan was not extended.
On May 11, 2010, Gomez was named to the U.S. national team's provisional 30-man 2010 World Cup roster. He scored a goal for the U.S. national team in a 4-2 friendly defeat to the Czech Republic on May 25, 2010. The next day he was named to the 23-man roster for the 2010 World Cup.
Gomez scored a goal in the 72nd minute in the U.S. National Team's first match of 2014 World Cup qualification against Antigua and Barbuda in Tampa, Florida on June 8, 2012. The U.S. won the match 3-1 in rainy, sloppy field conditions. Gomez started the game on the right wing but traded sides throughout the match with Clint Dempsey. On September 11, 2012, during a qualifying game against Jamaica, Gomez curled in a free kick in the 55th minute to help the U.S. win 1-0. The win placed the U.S. in a better position to advance to the next qualifying round, with 2 games to play.
On June 27, 2013, Gomez was named to the 23-man roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. It was announced after Gomez appeared in two of the team's three group stage matches that he would be replaced in the Gold Cup squad for the knockout stages.
|01.||May 25, 2010||Rentschler Field, East Hartford, USA||Czech Republic||2 – 2||2 – 4||Friendly|
|02.||June 5, 2010||Ruimsig Stadium, Roodepoort, RSA||Australia||3 – 1||3 – 1||Friendly|
|03.||May 30, 2012||FedEx Field, Landover, United States||Brazil||1 – 2||1 – 4||Friendly|
|04.||June 8, 2012||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States||Antigua and Barbuda||3 – 1||3 – 1||2014 World Cup qualification|
|05.||September 11, 2012||Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, United States||Jamaica||1 – 0||1 – 0||2014 World Cup qualification|
|06.||July 5, 2013||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Guatemala||1 – 0||6 – 0||Friendly|
- As of June 5, 2014.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2003||Los Angeles Galaxy||Major League Soccer||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|2005||Los Angeles Galaxy||Major League Soccer||22||11||4||6||4||1||0||0||30||18|
|2008||Kansas City Wizards||8||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||9||1|
|Mexico||League||Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
- As of December 15, 2014
- Los Angeles Galaxy
- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: 2005
- MLS Cup: 2005
- Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship: 2005
- Santos Laguna
- United States
- Copa MX 2015 top scorer: 5 goals
- Player Bio: Herculez Gomez on USSoccer.com. Personal information lists California as birthplace.
- Herculez Gomez Represents What America Is All About (June 1, 2010). Huffington Post.
- Timeline: the improbable rise of U.S. candidate Herculez Gomez (May 24, 2010). Also notes he played for Neusport FC a youth club near Henderson, Nevada (a suburb of Las Vegas).
- "Klinsmann Names 23-Player Roster to Compete in 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup". USsoccer.com. U.S. Soccer. June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "Gold Cup: Herculez Gomez leaves US team ahead of quarterfinals". MLSsoccer.com. Major League Soccer. July 17, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "U.S. soccer team players open about their faith".
- Herculez Gomez – FIFA competition record
- Hérculez Gómez Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
- Current Herculez Gomez News at followUSsoccer.com