Tijuana (Primera Division)
#9 | Forward
April 6, 1982 (Age: 31)
Los Angeles, California
5' 11", 180 lbs (1.8 m, 82 kg)
Born in Los Angeles, Gomez grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada where at a young age he was noticed by Mexican club Cruz Azul who signed Gomez to their second team in 2001.
Gomez was then loaned to two different clubs within Mexico before resurafcing back in the United States with a PDL club in San Diego.
In 2002 he was noticed by scouts from the Los Angeles Galaxy who quickly scooped up the striker. In three season with the Galaxy, play time was hard to come by as an injury while on loan with thenUSL club Seattle Sounders abruptly ended a season.
By the end of 2006, Gomez had fallen out of favor with then coach Steve Sampson and wa straded to the Colorado Rapids. But injuries would once again stunt his progress and two years later he was traded to the Kansas City Wizards.
Gomez spent two season in Kansas City where he was an on-again off-again starter.
His big break came in January of 2010 when he signed with Mexican club Puebla. The signing was not received with much fanfare but in his short time at Puebla, Gomez notched 10 goals in 15 games and shared honors with two other players for being the leading scorer in the Mexican Premier League.
With his career rejuvenated, Gomez rode his season with Puebla into a new contract with Mexican club Pachuca.
Gomez's tenure at Pachuca coincided with a poor season for the Tuzos. Following a disappointing year, Pachuca sold off a number of players, including Gomez, who moved to Estudiantes Tecos.
After scoring 7 goals in the 2011 Mexican Apertura, Gomez left Tecos after just six months when he was purchased by Santos Laguna.
Gomez made his first appearance with the US national team in the 2007 Copa America where the US crashed out in the group stage with three losses. Gomez appeared in two matches, first coming on as a substitute versus Argentina and then starting the final match versus Colombia.
Gomez had to wait three years to return to the national team, when he was selected to the 30 man provisional roster for the US World Cup team.
Gomez scored on a header versus the Czech Republic in the team's send-off series and eventually earned a spot on the final 23 man roster.
He scored another goal in a friendly versus Australia in the US' final tune-up for the World Cup.
Gomez then made his World Cup debut as a late substitute in the US' 1-1 tie versus England. He went on to play in three of the US' four matches at the 2010 World Cup.
Initially ignored by Jurgen Klinsmann, Gomez assumed a more prominent role in the US team when called for the five-match series beginning in August 2012. The forward started four of the five games and scored in a friendly against Brazil and in a qualifier against Antigua & Barbuda.