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Johan Gomez scores first goal for German side FSC Zwickau


U.S. Under-20 men’s national team midfielder Johan Gomez has found regular playing time since joining German third-division side FSC Zwickau, and on Saturday he flashed the quality that made him a highly-regarded prospect out of the FC Dallas academy system.

Gomez scored his first goal in Europe on Saturday, a 25th-minute finish to help Zwickau defeat 1860 Munich, 2-0, for the team’s first victory of the season.

Gomez joined Zwickau in the summer after having spent a year with FC Porto B. The 20-year-old midfielder has played in eight of Zwickau’s nine matches this season, with Saturday’s goal marking his first in the German third division.

Gomez made his professional debut in 2019 with USL Championship side North Texas before signing with FC Porto B, where made 23 appearances during the 2020-2021 season.

Gomez is now at Zwickau, which is managed by American manager Joe Enochs.


    • Not as highly rated as his brother Jonathan Gomez, he was overshadowed at North Texas by some gangly 16 year old named Ricardo Pepi. Also on that team Bryan Reynolds, Dante Sealy, Tanner Tessmann, Brandon Servania and Thomas Roberts who are all in Europe or played in Europe in Servania’s case. Played as a CF for North Texas but has been the second striker for both Porto and Zwickau. Attended a U20 camp with Tab had a chance of making U20 WC but Covid canceled it. There’s a YouTube channel #thegomezway that has highlights of both brothers including Johan’s goal.

    • A FCD fan could tell you more. I know I watched a couple matches he played for North Texas but I don’t really remember much. It is kind of insane the potential on that squad in early 2019. I tried to look back at the reporting from the time but mostly it appears the family was fearful of both boys getting trapped in long homegrown contracts with FCD that would keep them from making the move to Europe and they were frustrated with the boys pulling double duty with the DA and North Texas sometimes in back to back nights. The family also has a blog that you can find updates on Johan and Jonathan and apparently Johan and Tanner Tessmann do a podcast together called ChumChat with a lot of soccer guests as well, that I’m adding to my rotation.

      • Tessman I actually know pretty well since I’m an Upstate South Carolina guy and he’s Dabo Swinney’s godson. Shocking amount of talent has come through this corner of the world – Oguchi Onywewu, Stuart Holden, and Robbie Robinson were Clemson, and Clint Dempsey, Ricardo Clark, and Walker Zimmerman were Furman guys. (Walker used to train my son sometimes when he was at Furman.)
        That’s still a loaded freaking North Texas squad, though. Wow. I do remember how almost offended Owen Coyle was when he was looking at FC Dallas’s youth setup. He thought it completely unfair one team should have access to so many youth players and he was sort of blown away it was allowed. Very different scene in England where youth players are literally divided up block by block and every player is precious.

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