Herculez Gomez left Major League Soccer last winter in search of a new challenge, as well as a chance for a fresh start after some disappointing seasons in MLS. He arrived in Mexico hoping for success, but even he couldn't have expected what would happen next.
Gomez joined Puebla FC and promptly started scoring goals. And scoring. And scoring, finishing with ten goals, a total that left him in a three-way tie for the league lead when the Mexican First Division season ended this past weekend. Gomez tied Mexican starlet and Manchester United-bound Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Peruvian striker Johan Fano for the honors.
Gomez became the first American-born player to win a scoring title in a professional first division outside of the United States, no small feat for a player who had fallen off the radar in recent years. Now, Gomez has the world at his feet. He is a free agent heading into the summer–with offers already pouring in–and Gomez has also played his way onto the U.S. national team World Cup radar. That is an unimaginable accomplishment for a player who started 2010 just hoping to keep his professional career going.
Here is a compilation of Gomez goals from this season:
What did you think of Gomez's season? Excited to see where he might go next? Would you put him on the U.S. World Cup team?
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