KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 10, 2015
American forward Herculez Gomez has said adios to Liga MX it was announced on Friday that he has signed with Toronto FC after Sporting Kansas City traded his rights for allocation money.
The California native will be making his return to the league for the first time since leaving Sporting KC after the 2009 season for Mexican side Puebla.
"Adding a player with Hérculez Gómez experience and ability was very important at the deadline. He is a proven winner having won both the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup with LA Galaxy. He has also won domestic titles and played in the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League while playing in Mexico. He is an accomplished goal scorer and we will benefit from having someone of his pedigree join Toronto FC," said Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko on the team's website.
Gomez, 33, started his professional career with Cruz Azul's second division team in 2001 before heading back stateside with the San Diego Gauchos in the USL Premier Development League. He would do enough there to persuade the Los Angeles Galaxy to sign him in 2002. During his first stint in MLS Gomez would also play for the Colorado Rapids and the then known Kansas City Wizards.
In 2010, Gomez would leave MLS and head south of the border as he signed with Puebla. In his first season with the team he would score ten goals, tying him for tops in the league. He would also move around Liga MX to teams such as Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna, Tijuana and Tigres UANL.
On the international front, Gomez has represented the United States 24 times, scoring six times.
The forward will be another addition to Toronto's potent offense consisting of MLS leading goal scorer Sebastian Giovinco.