Major League Soccer
Herculez Gomez Embraces The Matinee Villain Role
The U.S. international’s banter raised the hackles of a few Seattle Sounders fans, but if it raises the profile of the CONCACAF Champions League, everybody wins.
BY Matt Thacker PostedAs a U.S. international who has played in both Major League Soccer and Liga MX, Herculez Gomez has unique insight into both sides of the U.S.-Mexico rivalry. And since joining Santos Laguna last year, Gomez has not exactly taken it easy on MLS teams in the CONCACAF Champions League. He has eight goals in as many matches while helping to eliminate the Seattle Sounders, Houston Dynamo, and Toronto FC (twice) from the tournament. For the most part, Gomez has been diplomatic about the rivalry. When questioned last week on Twitter about whether the Sounders could capitalize on Tigres UANL sending mostly reserves to Seattle for a quarterfinal second leg, Gomez said it would be “game on” even if Tigres had sent the full team. He also correctly predicted Seattle and the Los Angeles Galaxy would reach the semifinals. Gomez changed his tune after Seattle advanced to face his team in the semifinals. He began needling Sounders fans on Thursday–reminding them of the one-year anniversary of Seattle’s last trip to Estadio Corona. In case you forgot, Gomez scored twice in the 6-1 win over Seattle. The World Cup veteran later joked that emerald is his favorite color —after blue—and retweeted some of the angry messages he had received from Sounders fans. When the Sounders official Twitter account chimed in, the Mexican-American insisted: “Its Señor Gomez, to you.” He then offered a hug and said he needed to turn his focus to Santos’ next opponent.
March 15, 2013
March 15, 2013