Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Herculez Gomez Gets Lone Goal Versus Seattle Sounders in Champions League

Herculez Gomez, the rising U.S. National Team star, booted in the only goal of the game to help his club, Santos (Laguna) of the Mexican 1st Division, win the first leg of its Semifinal in CONCACAF Champions League.

The Seattle Sounders fared well at CenturyLink Field Tuesday night, but the biggest highlight belonged to Gomez.

The match was an evenly played affair with more chances to score overall for the Sounders.  Losing to a U.S. National player makes it a little easier to swallow except for the fact that he's not in an American club uniform.

Gomez needs to get back into MLS (he played sporadically in his early career) soon for the good of the game here in the U.S. and for his own marketing ability.

Landon Donovan probably has made just as much money playing most of his career in MLS as he would have playing for other foreign leagues.  He did it because he saw the opportunity to market himself as the best American playing in the top American league.

With Donovan in his final years, there is a place now open for the taking.  A really great U.S. player can play in MLS instead of other world leagues and help the game grow here while at the same time make a great living.

If Clint Dempsey was willing, he would be that top American.  But, he is content to play for a mid-major team (Tottenham) in the English Premier League.  See 'Why Isn't Clint Dempsey in MLS?'

As it is now, Graham Zusi of Sporting KC, also a National Team player is doing a pretty good job in MLS and so is Kyle Beckerman.  Currently, they would be considered two of the best Americans in MLS.

Heck, there might be room for more than one great U.S. National team player in MLS.  With names like Hercules and Zusi and hair like Beckerman, they become easier to remember.

Seattle takes a 1-0 deficit to Santos as the visitor next week for the second leg of the semifinals.  LA Galaxy play their first leg Wednesday night.

To see Gomez's goal and highlights, go to Concacaf.com .

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