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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Can the Seattle Sounders pull off the mile high miracle and leave Mexico City with a victory tonight?
Win and the Seattle Sounders go on. All it takes is playing in one of the most prestigious stadiums in the world. Estadio Azteca is 7,349 feet above sea level and boasting a capacity of 115,000 fans.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
A little late with this weeks update. Orlando City announced that they'd be placing a reserve team in the USL next season. As part of that announcement they also announced their first few player signings. One of those signings was Tony Rocha who Sporting KC drafted in this January's Superdraft. Rocha spent last season with the Austin Aztex in the USL but are taking a hiatus due to stadium issues.
Another week of former player updates. First, former KC defender, Josh Gardner has retired from one man volleyball and has taken a job as the U14 academy coach for the Sporting KC academy as the team restructured a little bit and got each of their teams a separate coach.
Also this past week, the transfer window for MLS closed, and two former KC players are back in MLS.
Mexican club, Puebla may be relegated this year, but they'll go down as Copa MX champions. This week, Herculez Gomez and his club Puebla won the cup competition in Mexico with a 4-2 win over Chivas. Gomez was an unused sub for Puebla in the game as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Chivas came back to tie at 2-2 before Puebla scored two more to win 4-2.
The MLS season is supposed to start in a little over a week, which means more former Sporting players will be back in action. While that's going on, another looks set to attempt to continue his career in the lower divisions, Christian Duke, who had been in camp with Sporting KC for a while was in the Oklahoma City Energy squad today that took on HB Køge from Denmark.
Two more former Sporting KC players have new clubs. Recently released, Toni Dovale has joined CD Lugo in the Spanish second division. He made his debut this past weekend, playing 17 minutes as a substitute. Another former player, Kyle Miller, has joined the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL. After spending last season with the Oklahoma City Energy, Miller has moved on to Atlanta, joining the second division side.
I missed this a few weeks ago,but Alex Martinez has moved to join his brother, Enzo in the NASL. Martinez signed on with the Carolina Railhawks ahead of the NASL roster freeze. Martinez played his college ball in North Carolina and now will get to play with his brother, who had been drafted by Real Salt Lake, but never made an appearance for the club.
Here is this week's update.
Active without a club or unknown
Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 4-2 win over Colorado.
Herculez Gomez spent most of last week getting reacquainted with Seattle and training with the Sounders. Among his activities were paying a visit to the Starbucks Roastery and took in the March to the Match, while also scoring a pair of goals for S2 in a scrimmage against Gonzaga. Apparently, it was all enough for him to come back for a second stint.
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The reigning MLS Cup champions have been busy making moves and finalizing contracts following Week 2 action in MLS.
The Portland Timbers acquired Darren Mattocks from Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps, who received General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2017 season in the trade.
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The defending MLS Cup champions reportedly made two decisions that will likely make them a threat in MLS for years to come on Wednesday.
Fresh off of winning the 2015 MLS Cup, U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Darlington Nagbe has reportedly signed a new four-year deal with the Portland Timbers.
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The MLS season is just five days away, and a handful of notable cuts were made this Tuesday.
The LA Galaxy released defender Dan Gargan and forward Ignacio Maganto. Gargan leaves the Galaxy after two years of service. The 10-year MLS veteran is eligible for free agency, while Maganto leaves the club after being selected in the 2015 MLS Draft.
Union named Team of the Week at Goal.com. Blake, Fabinho, and Pontius get multiple Best XI honors. Trusty and Elney called up for US U-20 MNT. More news.
Curtin says team is better and further ahead than it was this time last year. Lots of Union bits. More news.
He has an impressive resume, however there are some significant things to consider before the Philadelphia Union would sign Gomez.
Toronto FC striker Herculez Gomez announced via twitter yesterday that he was leaving Toronto FC. This has naturally started people speculating as to where his next destination will be.
Recaps and reaction from the Union 's scoreless draw in Orlando. More news.
US look to finish top of group tonight. Union host Rochester in USOC. Wilson Palacios trialing with Union. Blazer plea unsealed. More.
Edu and Barnetta unlikely to be ready for season opener. Tribbett impresses. Sapong clarifies. More news.
Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
By FRANCO PANIZO
The drought is over. The pressure isgone. Herculez Gomez is backon the scoresheet.
Nearly a year after buryinghis last goal, Gomez found the back of the net by grabbing the winner in Tigres' 2-0 Copa MX triumph over second-division club Irapuato.
By FRANCO PANIZO
Edgar Castillo's time at Club Tijuana is over.
It was announced on Wednesday that Atlas has signed Castillo via a full transfer from Xolos, who Castillo leaves after two-and-a-half seasons.
Castillo was a regular for Tijuana this past campaign, starting in 28 of the 32 Liga MX matches he played in over the course of the Apertura and Clausura campaigns, but will now play for his seventh first division Mexican club since 2006.
By FRANCO PANIZO
After a rough first season at Club Tijuana, Herculez Gomez is on the move with the hopes of earning more playing time.
Gomez is currently undergoing medicals with Tigres UANL andis set to join the club ahead of its Apertura campaign in Liga MX. There is no word yet on whether Gomez is signing with Tigres via a loan or an outright transfer, but he will reunite with fellow American and former Pachuca teammate Jose Torres at the club.
Tijuana takes a 1-0 lead into the second-leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series with Cruz Azul. Read More
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.
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.
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.
Herculez Gomez is currently out of a job after being waived by Toronto FC a couple weeks ago. The Seattle Sounders have virtually no veteran depth at forward. Might it be a match made in ... a world of mutual benefit?
It would appear to be at least a possibility.
Hearing Herculez Gomez will be training with Seattle Sounders.
It took about a year longer than expected and probably not in the manner that he was expecting, but KC's second round draft pick, Adnan Gabeljic played his first game as a professional in Kansas City. It wasn't for Sporting KC, or any other MLS or outdoor team. Gablejic came to KC as a member of the MASL's St.
My best friend is from Venezuela, and the news of unrest in that country has grown. I was curious if it affected Cesar Farias, the Venezuelan Xolos coach who previously coached the country's national team, known as the La Vinotino for their burgundy uniforms.
I didn't get to ask Farias himself if he was following the protests, but I did ask Herculez Gomez if the coach seemed concerned or worried about the events in his home country.