Toronto FC signs Herculez Gomez

Image, TorontoFC.ca

by RYAN BRISTER
MLS Writer

He’s back!

Toronto FC has signed 33-year-old former U.S. international Herculez Gomez.

Gomez grew up in California and began his MLS career in 2002 with the LA Galaxy. He comes to Toronto from Liga MX, where he has played for six different clubs in the last six seasons. Most recently, Gomez was with Puebla, on loan from Club Tijuana. He joins fellow Americans Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore with the Reds.

Gomez was a member of the USMNT for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where he played in three out of the four matches. He has fallen out of favor with Jurgen Klinsmann, however, and hasn’t appeared for the national team since the 2013 Gold Cup. In total, he scored 6 goals in 24 caps.

Previously, Gomez’s MLS rights had been held by Sporting Kansas City, his last MLS team before he went to Mexico. This was a source of admitted frustration for Gomez, who might have desired to return to MLS earlier if not for that fact. This year’s roster rules allowed TFC to give SKC allocation money in exchange for Gomez’s rights.


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  • slowleftarm

    Interesting. Cosmos fanboys on here were saying he was going to Cosmos because he didn’t like the single-entity structure. Guess he decided he wasn’t ready to be a minor league player.

    • David

      According to twitter he was on the verge of signing with the cosmos until gather stepped in and greased the wheels to get his rights traded to Toronto

      • David

        Garber. Stupid phone

        • slowleftarm

          You realize Garber can’t force people to sign with MLS right? What you’re actually saying is he was about to sign with Cosmos until he got a better offer.

          • David

            No, what i’m saying is he was fine signing with the cosmos largely because he doesn’t like the way mls player contacts work. He has been very vocally critical about kc holding his rights in the past and has alluded to that being the reason why he didn’t come to mls before. When garber greased the wheels to get his rights traded to Toronto, this deal could happen

            • Anonymous

              So you’re saying that Garber somehow forced this man to sign on a dotted line that he didn’t want to sign…

              • cosmosfan

                He wouldn’t be the 1st player that MLS has had to over pay to keep him away from NASL in the past few weeks.

  • OpenCupFan

    Are we seeing the assembly of another potential super club?

  • Ned

    It’s the USA Super Team!

    …in Canada.

  • george naj

    he doesn’t want to play for a minor league team on a turf lacrosse field in long island in front of 3000 fans a game.

    • Joe

      Well apparently he was about to sign with the Cosmos until garber stepped in.

      • OpenCupFan

        Good luck to Herc and all these other guys linked to the Cosmos that end up signing somewhere else. It seems like Cosmos are not overpaying for talent, which sounds good to me. They need guys that are aware of and supportive of the position the Cosmos are in, not just guys looking for a last paycheck etc. So far all the Cosmos signings have been excellent fits – glad they aren’t compromising.
        .
        So good luck to Herc, hope it works out for him on his tour of the countries of North America.
        .
        Way to uphold parity – #bushleaguemls

        • Sammy the Red Bull

          Don’t see how Hercules Gomez upsets parity. He is a 33 year striker that doesn’t score much. The guy is strictly a bench player at this point, not really a big signing by any stretch.

  • george naj

    he got a better offer by MLS, like any other decent players would get – why would anyone choose minor league over 1st division?
    no player worth anything would choose nasl over mls, only the retired/rejected.

  • OpenCupFan

    There are guys that choose nasl over mls all the time, everyday you make it more clear you don’t know much about soccer in this country.
    .
    Yesterday you said there were no soccer clubs in the NYC area, now this. Keep up the good mls bot work, you’re a good regurgitator.

    • slowleftarm

      Who are some guys who chose NASL over MLS?

      • OpenCupFan

        Do some homework, I can’t be spoon feeding you all the time. Damn you’re Slow.

        • slowleftarm

          So they don’t exist. If they did it would’ve taken you less time to list a couple than to make your dim-witted comment.

          • Luis

            No, you just never do your homework and always speak out of your a**hole

    • Esteban

      Wait, you’re kidding right? Who chose NASL over MLS? Look man, I love what NASL brings to the American soccer table, but just look at the difference between the league transfer windows that just ended. MLS not only destroyed NASL in terms of spending, but they also signed significantly bigger names.

      • Anonymous

        Senna

      • cosmosfan

        Ayoze (again), Szetela (again), Moffatt, etc.

  • george naj

    I also want to know:

    Who are some guys who chose NASL over MLS?

    and who are the independent soccer clubs in the NY area, no one has listed them yet?

    • OpenCupFan

      You’re literally embarrassing yourself.

      • slowleftarm

        George, this clown can’t list guys who don’t exist. Just be happy you got a response where he didn’t say “MLS bot” or McWendy’s”

        • trollleftarm

          MLS bot

        • OpenCupFan

          McWendys bot

  • no name

    Both leagues are the same , except that one has no salary cap and one has better marketing . players go where he money is, and happy to learn he did not go the cosmos.. Not the type is player for the team .

    • slowleftarm

      Well the leagues are the same in the sense that they’re both soccer leagues. But there is a massive difference in quality as we saw in this season’s open cup where NASL went 0 for 7 against USL, a league made up mostly of MLS reserve sides.

    • Anonymous

      The differences between the leagues go far beyond salary cap and marketing…

  • OpenCupFan

    If Ives is correct, Herc should send the Cosmos a gift basket.


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