Herculez Gomez

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ESPN commentator says the Revs will make the semifinals of the US Open Cup

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Herculez Gomez has high expectations for the Revs.

The New England Revolution will face D.C. United tonight in a Round of 16 U.S. Open Cup match. ESPN commentator Herculez Gomez not only expects the Revs to win that game, but also advance to the semifinals.

Gomez, who posted his Open Cup bracket on Tuesday, has the Revs beating D.

Idiot who made MLS Cup bet really got his butt tattoo

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Celine Dion will forever be emblazoned on his bum.

You remember Matt Oak, right? He's the idiot who promised to get a Celine Dion tattoo on his butt if the Seattle Sounders won any sort of trophy this year. Well, he really got it - and our very own LikkitP put together a time-lapse video of the experience set to "My Heart will go on.

Major Link Soccer: Schmetzer goes Pro

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Coach Schmetzer is getting his Pro license, Dwyer is looking for USA love, and bikes galore in Goals of the Week.


Seattle Sounder legend Alan Hinton caught up with BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis to discuss Seattle's championship, coach, and the city he loves.

MLS Ticker: Herculez Gomez retires to join ESPN, and more

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Herculez Gomez just won an MLS Cup crown, and he is riding off into the sunset withit.

ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gomez has joined its team as a soccer analyst and has retired from professional soccer. The 34-year-old forward's decision to hang up his cleats in order to be in the studio for English and Spanish-language programscomes after he helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup last month.

Four Seattle-Toronto connections you probably knew, and five more you likely didn’t

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Everyone knows that Toronto FC cut Herculez Gomez unceremoniously late in preseason. Then Herc wanted to go to only one team, it happened to be the team that wanted him, Seattle Sounders FC. That is not the only connection between Seattle and Toronto, though, and some of them are downright odd.

Let's hit the other TFC-SSFC connections you probably know.

Blas Pérez suspended one match, fined for kicking Herculez Gomez

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Notorious for his dark arts on the pitch, Pérez will miss the Whitecaps' next match against San Jose

The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that Vancouver Whitecaps striker Blas Pérez has been suspended for one match and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct against Seattle Sounders forward Herculez Gomez in the 78th minute of their match on Sunday.

D.C. United vs. Sounders, lineups: Brad Evans returns to lineup

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Apparently Brad Evans is a fast healer. Just a few days after a shot to the side of the head sent him to the locker room and cast his future availability into doubt, the Seattle Sounders captain is back in the starting lineup for a pivotal match against D.C. United.

The boys are ready!

Herculez Gomez on FOX Sports broadcast team for Copa America

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Sigi Schmid says that it shouldn't affect his time with the Sounders

FOX Sports has announced its lineup of talking heads and reporters for this summer's Copa America Centenario, including Seattle Sounders forward Herculez Gomez. It seems that Gomez's first action in this role will come in the very first match of the tournament on June 3, as he'll be part of the pre-match, halftime, and post-match commentary alongside Alexi Lalas, Fernando Fiore, Eric Wynalda and Aly Wagner for the United States' match against Colombia.

Clint Dempsey returns to short-handed Sounders lineup vs. Crew

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Clint Dempsey is back in the Seattle Sounders starting lineup after getting a week off to rest an injury, but Sigi Schmid is still rolling out a depleted group for Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew. In addition to the expected absences of Brad Evans (suspension) and Andreas Ivanschitz (illness), Erik Friberg and Nelson Haedo Valdez were also left out of the starting lineup.

Sounders at Colorado Rapids, recap: Seattle crushed by Jermaine Jones, referees

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In another MLS match marred by horrific refereeing, the Seattle Sounders lose to the Colorado Rapids. The 3-1 scoreline ignores that Kevin Doyle scored from an offside position. Brad Evans was so outraged that he immediately earned a yellow card for dissent. Not seconds later he earned a second yellow card, also for dissent.

Sounders at Houston Dynamo, recap: Seattle steals road point

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Chad Marshall punishes Joe Willis in the 94th minute to level the game 1-1.

A frantic final few minutes gave Chad Marshall the opportunity the Seattle Sounders needed. Rather than suffer through another loss late goal earned Seattle a 1-1 draw. Houston Dynamo lead early due to a Giles Barnes goal in the 35th minute.

Tyrone Mears' green card means two open international spots

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Now that Tyrone Mears is a permanent resident of the USA (holds a green card) the Seattle Sounders have two international spots open. The club also has roster space for two signings of any kind, as well as space for another Designated Player.

Today's announcement means that the following players are considered internationals - Oalex Anderson, Oniel Fisher, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz, Joevin Jones, Román Torres and Nelson Haedo Valdez.

'Toronto FC is on the hook' for Herculez Gomez's contract

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There's a rather significant list of things the Seattle Sounders liked about Herculez Gomez. The 33-year-old is a proven scorer, has played in a World Cup, is a positive locker-room presence and even has ties to Seattle. Based on those criteria alone, there would be reason to like this signing.

But the cherry on top?

Sounders sign former USMNT striker Herculez Gomez

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After starting the season 0-3 and only scoring two goals, the Seattle Sounders have added a veteran presence at striker position.

The club announced on Thursday the signing of former U.S. Men's National Team forward Herculez Gomez, who most recently played with Toronto FC in 2015.

"Herculez is a veteran player who has played in some big games," said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid.

Major League Soccer

Evans berates MLS acquisition rules, Gomez and McCarty respond

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Brad Evans doesn't like MLS' convoluted acquisition rules, and isn't too shy to say so, as he took to twitter to state he'd never play for a rival team despite them.

The Seattle Sounders and U.S. Men's National Team defender's twitter was ablaze on Wednesday, as he sparked a storm with his comments lamenting MLS player acquisition rules while stating he would never play for a rival.

Herculez Gomez says that the USMNT's goal "has to be the semis"

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Veteran Sounders forward gives his thoughts on broadcasting, MLS salaries, and more

When the Seattle Sounders picked up veteran forward Herculez Gomez, it was pretty clear that his experience both in MLS and in Mexico was of great value to the team. Since joining the LA Galaxy in 2002, Gomez has played for five MLS clubs, as well as seven clubs in the Mexican first division.

former SKC Wizards

Quintilla on Trial in Finland - Former SKC Wizards Update

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He spent a short time with Sporting KC, but Jordi Quintilla won his fair share of fans in KC, especially with his winning penalty in the 2015 US Open Cup final, many of whom still take to social media to advocate for his return to Sporting. Since he was waived by Sporting KC last June though, Quintilla has been unable to catch on with another club.

Bravo Scores in Debut - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Omar Bravo made his NASL debut this past week for the Carolina Railhawks after recently signing with the club. Bravo started and played the full 90 scoring a goal in the 78th minute to temporarily put the Railhawks up 3-2 before Miami FC equalized shortly after in their 3-3 draw.

Elsewhere this week, Soony Saad got back on the scoring sheet in a big way, scoring a hattick in Pattaya United's 3-2 win over BBCU.

Gomez Signs with Seattle - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Herculez Gomez has a new club, after being waived by Toronto FC earlier this year, Gomez has been trialing with the Seattle Sounders. Last week, Gomez signed with the Sounders, and in good news for them, the reports are that Toronto will be picking up a sizable chunk of his salary.

Here's the rest of this week's update.

Houston Dynamo

Dynamo Unable to Finish Off 10 Man Seattle, Draw 0-0 on the Road

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After withstanding plenty of chances by Seattle, the Dynamo couldn't pull off the upset after the Sounders went down to 10 men.

The Houston Dynamo have dropped back-to-back games after winning two in a row for the first time all season. With the playoffs officially out of the picture for Houston, interim manager Wade Barrett elected to give some new players a chance at Seattle including Keyner Brown, Jose Escalante, and Eric Alexander.

Sounders at Houston Dynamo: News, updates, analysis

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Owen Coyle's Houston Dynamo host the Seattle Sounders in a Western Conference match. ESPN, not the deuce, has the 1 PM game on Sunday April 10th. Nelson Haedo Valdez will not start, which increases the chance that recent signing Herculez Gomez earns his first minutes for Seattle.

Houston is a curious side this year.

Clint Dempsey

Sounders vs. Revolution, starting lineups: Morris spells Dempsey

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Morris will be the Sounder closest to goal in today's formation

With Clint Dempsey away with the US Men's National Team, the task of leading the Seattle Sounders attack falls to the forward trio of Herculez Gomez, Jordan Morris and Aaron Kovar.

The only unit that comes into this match entirely healthy is the midfield, but what a midfield it is: Andreas Ivanschitz, Osvaldo Alonso and Erik Friberg are three names that can make some beautiful music together.

Clint Dempsey gives Sounders lead on rare open play strike

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Clint Dempsey has looked far more active throughout Saturday's match, notably putting himself higher up the pitch than he has in most matches. It paid off in the 26th minute, when Dempsey hit a pass from Erik Friberg first time. The shot was from right around the penalty spot and was through a bit of traffic.

Clint Dempsey out, Herculez Gomez gets first Sounders start

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With several injuries to manage Sigi Schmid turned to long-time pro and former United States National Team member Herculez Gomez for his first start with the Seattle Sounders. Clint Dempsey and Nelson Haedo Valdez both are absent from the starting lineup. Oalex Anderson earned another start.

Andreas Ivanschitz shifts back to the point of the midfield in front of Osvaldo Alonso and Cristian Roldan.

Sounders vs. Impact: Many changes to starting lineup

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Without a point in three games and with several players coming off international appearances, the Seattle Sounders are going with a distinctly different starting lineup against the Montreal Impact than they have until now. Clint Dempsey is sliding back to midfield, Aaron Kovar is in for Jordan Morris, Dylan Remick is replacing Joevin Jones and Brad Evans returns at center back.

FC Dallas

Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Community player ratings form

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It's very difficult to come back and beat a good team on the road after giving up a 3rd-minute PK goal. We'll never know what this match would have looked like if Herculez Gomez had capitalized on his great run behind the FC Dallas defense right after the first whistle, of course, but man, wouldn't that have been nice?

FC Dallas vs. Sounders, recap: Poor road form continues

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Sounders fall behind on a 2' penalty and lose 2-0.

The Seattle Sounders hoped to gallop out of Texas with three more points on Saturday, but the home side continued their excellent home form and held the Sounders off 2-0. In a match that could have truly gone either way, FC Dallas managed to squeak out the win through Mauro Diaz's early penalty and then added a late insurance goal from a Michael Barrios breakaway.

Sigi Schmid

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Were we at our best today? Probably not. Did we get a great result? Yes. So lets build off of that." -Herculez Gomez

They waited until the last possible moment, but the Seattle Sounders managed to will the ball in the goal to snatch a road point in Houston. The offense continues to sputter, but all goals (and points) count the same.

Sounders sign World Cup veteran Herculez Gomez

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Herculez Gomez is officially a Seattle Sounders player, again. The 33-year-old forward had been on trial since last week and the signing was announced on Thursday. This will be Gomez's second stint with the Sounders, having played here on loan from the Sigi Schmid-coached LA Galaxy in 2003. Gomez brings more than a decade of professional experience and three World Cup appearances to the Sounders.

We'll know within "the next day or two" if the Sounders are signing Herculez Gomez

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The Sounders website announced yesterday that Gomez would be training with the Sounders again this week

While he wasn't present at today's Starfire training session, Herculez Gomez could be a Seattle Sounder by the end of the week. The club announced yesterday on their website that Gomez would be training with the Sounders again this week, after he spent the majority of last week at Starfire.

The Rest

Interviews with Herculez Gomez, Sebastian Salazar and Steve Palese: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

Here’s a bonus World Soccer Talk Podcast episode featuring interviews with Herculez Gomez, Sebastian Salazar and Steve Palese from ESPN FC.

They tackle a range of topics including their opinions about sharing constructive criticism of US soccer, how they got into broadcasting, as well as what it’s like to work on the set of ESPN FC.

Sounders receive allocation money for Tyrone Mears

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Veteran full back traded to Atlanta United.

Tyrone Mears has officially joined Atlanta United, as a trade was announced on Tuesday. The Seattle Sounders will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money as part of the transaction.

This is the second time this offseason that Atlanta has sent the Sounders GAM.

Mexican World Cup veteran joins Sounders coaching staff

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Gonzalo Pineda is the newest addition to the staff.

The first of what appears to be several open coaching spots will go to a former Seattle Sounders player, Gonzalo Pineda. With Ante Razov leaving for LA Galaxy and Brian Schmetzer moving from First Assistant to Head Coach the staff should have at least a couple openings.

Union preseason dates announced, three more drafted, Real signs with Steel, more

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Union announce three preseason games, select three in final rounds of draft. Union Academy product Matthew Real signs with Bethlehem. League news. More.

Chad Marshall, Seattle’s Humble Prankster

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The Sounders defender leads one way on the field, and another way in the locker room

Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall is no shrinking violet on the pitch—he's loud, he's tough, and he'll fight for every single tackle for 90 minutes straight. Teammate Herculez Gomez said that Marshall has a "nasty" side, but it's only ever seen on the pitch.

Stefan Frei makes a great save on the PK attempt

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Soon after Jordan Morris scored a goal to keep things close, Herculez Gomez was called for the PK in the box. Thankfully, Stefan Frei had something to say about that as he made the right choice and dove to his right for the save.