It’s been speculated for a while that Hérculez Gómez was going to leave Mexico and return stateside, with speculation focusing on the New York Cosmos. Well, that speculation was wrong, as Gómez is only kind of returning stateside, joining Toronto FC after the Reds acquired his rights from Sporting Kansas City.
Gómez had a nice run in Mexico, leaving MLS with a cool name and no real national team profile but winning a league title and playing in CONCACAF Champions League finals. He also made his way onto the 2010 World Cup roster and became a fan favorite.
With his move to Toronto, the Reds now have the three guys in the box for one of the best team goals in US World Cup history (Herc makes a nice diversion run).
Some of this stuff is a couple of days old, but Matt was on a mini-vacation and I was at a music festival or recovering most of the weekend so we’re going to hit some stuff up here in one fell swoop.
As I posted late last week, forward Omar Salgado, who is currently on the books (but not playing) at UANL in Mexico, has been loaned to the Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL. With the Rowdies, he’ll reunite with his former U-20 coach, Thomas Rongen. With Salgado, Fred Adu, and Gale Agbossoumonde, the Rowdies are basically a US fan fiction team.
Cesar “The Joker” Romero, who did unspeakable, nasty things to the Armenia Premier League last year, has swapped out the Caucasus for the Balkans and joined FK Vardar of FYR Macedonia. Vardar is the three-time reigning champion of the Macedonian league. They’re still biggest fish in the small pond, although the pond is slightly bigger as Macedonia has the 40th ranked league in UEFA, eight spots ahead of Armenia’s. Vardar has already been eliminated from Champions League play, although I believe Romero’s qualifying appearance cap-tied him out of that regardless.
I sort of caught this Friday afternoon, but Aron Johannsson caused a stir with reports that linked him heavily to MLS. There was further speculation that it might be Real Salt Lake, with the general consensus being that Aron wanted too much money. Now, there is a report that Werder Bremen has made a bid that AZ rejected. At this point I’d like to see at least a few American attacking players in Europe, so I hope the Werder Bremen report is true and winds up being a deal.
Herculez Gomez tweeted just this this afternoon:
For those asking: Finighing up final details on my Xolos deal (exit). I’ll have news on my final destination soon. 😉 ✌🏼️
Sporting Kansas City holds his MLS rights offering him a new deal back in the fall of 2009, but there’s been more rumors circulating that it will be in fact be the NASL (the Cosmos specifically).
Finally, more late news has Emerson Hyndman receiving interest from clubs in Spain and Germany. The 19 year-old had a strong start to last year, while his minutes dropped off and he got injured he clearly still has a bright future. His contract is apparently up next summer which may explain why Fulham is considering parting with him.
There is nothing really new with Gedion Zelalem, but Steven Goff reminds us where we all stand at the moment.
RB Leipzig announced yesterday that Terrence Boyd has resumed to jogging as he rehabs from his ACL surgery. ESPN’s Doug McIntyre also saw Boyd jogging and riding the exercise bike while he was with the USMNT earlier this month.
It looks like Danny Williams picked up an injury while with the USMNT and his doubtful for this weekend’s game against Blackpool.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin both played with Tottenham’s U-21 yesterday with CCV wearing the captain’s armband. Here is also a photo gallery from the game.
Another week and another goal by Duane Holmes with Huddersfield Town’s U-21 team. I believe that is the third straight week with a goal. Highlights of their U-21 team usually emerge a few days after the game.
Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and he scored another one last night in a 2-1 win in Copa MX action (highlights). I was also able to find some highlights of Devann Yao’s goal from the weekend (highlights).
Also scoring earlier this week was Jake Keegan in Galway United’s win in Irish League Cup action (highlights). Here is the post-game press conference with Keegan and his manager. Around the 2:50 mark, his manager talks about Kevin Garcia joining the team soon. I am guessing he is waiting for a work permit as I believe it took Keegan a while to get a new one for this season.
Staying in Ireland, St Patrick’s Athletic has signed midfielder Morgan Langley. Langley played in one game for the Philadelphia Union in 2011, but has mainly played his professional soccer with the Harrisburg City Islanders.
You put Herculez Gomez in a Puebla jersey and all he does is score goals. He got the start, went the full 90 minutes and scored the game-winning goal in Puebla’s 2-1 win over Merida in Copa MX action on Tuesday. Here are some highlights with Gomez’s goal coming at the 1:35 mark.
The US U-17 team won their third straight game of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship over Guatemala yesterday. Here are some highlights while here are some photos. With nine points through three games, the US can clinch the group and a spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a win over Honduras on Sunday even though they have one more group stage game after that.
We didn’t have any injuries this week, but we had a few goals from some not-so-usual suspects during the midweek games. As always, Roderick has you covered on what happened with The OT Report.
As for some highlights from the past week. Adam Henley scored his first professional goal (highlights). Amando Moreno scored another goal in Copa MX action (highlights). And fresh off his USMNT call-up in January, Julio Morales scored in Copa MX action (highlights).
Conor O’Brien was also credited with an assist this week, but the site that I have been able to get Austrian highlights in the past changed their settings and won’t allow the video player to start for people outside Austria. We also had some other goals this week that don’t have highlights yet, but you can always follow along with our goal tracker.
Speaking of Copa MX, the group stage finished up this past week and the quarterfinals have been figured out. The Tijuana contingent earned the #1 seed and will take on Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas. Everyone’s favorite left back Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro are the #4 seed and will take on Chivas. Herculez Gomez, Michael Orozco and Puebla are the #2 seed and take on Merida. And Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey (#3 seed) will face UAT.
In his second game since going out on loan, Lynden Gooch scored a goal and was named Man of the Match in Gateshead’s 3-1 win over Wrexham earlier this week.
Friend of the site Jon Arnold was in Mexico City this week for Club America’s CONCACAF Champions League win over Saprissa. After seeing Ventura Alvarado in the flesh, he wrote some words on the centerback.
Björn Maars Johnsen had scored 14 goals in 27 games for Atlético CP in Portugal this season, but he appears to be with Lovech in Bulgaria now. For those out of the loop, he was born in North Carolina but grew up in Norway.
“There were a lot of options,” Altidore said. “People were saying I was forced to Toronto or something like that. I just thought at this point in my life it was something that I was ready to do.
“I was ready for the public opinion and backlash. The project they have here excited me the most.”
Even more than the plethora of opportunities he had on Europe’s mainland.
Altidore explained why he chose Toronto FC over four German clubs, two French sides, two Italian teams and a potential loan move within the Premier League.
But there are a lot of goodies in that interview so go read it.
While he is not playing much for Hamburg, Bayern Munich is at least making money off Julian Green. According to one report out of Germany, Bayern Munich is getting paid each time Green doesn’t make Hamburg’s gameday roster. And that has happened a lot this season.
Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla. He added two more to his tally in Puebla’s 4-3 loss to Toluca in Copa MX action tonight. That gives him 15 goals in 25 career games across all competitions with Puebla. Here are some highlights with his goals coming at the 0:20 and 1:00 marks.
Like many American soccer fans over the last couple seasons, Club Tijuana has slowly become my favorite Liga MX side, especially living in Southern California and having games on TV at reasonable times (Friday at 7:30 PM) instead of setting an alarm for 4 AM in order to watch an English Premier League match.
It also doesn’t hurt when the team boasts Americans Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, a treasure trove of US U-20 players and have featured other Americans in the past (Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez).
With the weekend free, I decided to finally make the three hour trek south to Tijuana to check out the Xolos experience in person in their Friday game against Pumas.