Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez Continue Torrid Form
This is starting to get ridiculous.
Saturday night, the Los Angeles Galaxy's Edson Buddle continued his ridiculous streak of finding the net by scoring two more goals in the Galaxy's 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake.
That's an amazing seven goals in four games. In fact, Buddle has scored all of the Galaxy's goals this year, leading them in the early campaign to a perfect 4-0-0 start.
The goals can be viewed here .
Not to be outdone by Buddle, Herculez Gomez also scored a brace in Puebla's 4-1 win over Cruz Azul of the Mexican league.
If you haven't seen the goals, here they are .
Gomez is now tied for the league lead in goals with 10 in 13 games, an amazing streak. Unfortunately, he received a red card in the game and will have to sit out the season finale and won't be able to add to his goal tally.
For all the talk about Americans abroad who are not seeing the field or are still recovering from injury, Buddle and Gomez provide hope for U.S. fans.
It's everything U.S. fans like about sports and soccer in particular. In every cycle, there is always a player or two who comes out of nowhere to snatch a ticket to the World Cup because of their scintillating play leading up to the summer tournament.
A few months ago no one was mentioning either player as a possible member of the U.S. team in South Africa.
Neither player really figured into Bob Bradley's plans and they earned few call-ups over the last several years.
Well, both Buddle and Gomez must be on Bradley's mind now.
No, neither plays in Europe.
They haven't really played much for Bradley, so how their form for their club teams will translate into national team success remains to be seen.
But you can't ignore soccer players who are on fire and scoring at the rate the Gomez and Buddle are.
Bradley will be hard-pressed not to call both players into his camp in May and give them an opportunity to prove themselves in a national team uniform.
There are two friendlies against the Czech Republic and Turkey at the end of May that either or both may get a chance in.
Bradley has been stated recently as saying he has 16 or 17 players who he has penciled in to go to South Africa, leaving room for Bradley to go with the proverbial hot hand (or foot).
Even if Buddle or Gomez make the team, they likely would not start, but would provide a valuable spark off the bench.
Soccer, as in life, is all about timing and Buddle and Gomez have moved closer to getting their national team shot with less than two months to go before the first game is played.
Could they be surprise inclusions to the squad Bradley will name on June 1?
A few months ago, nobody could have guessed we'd be having this conversation now, so why not? Stranger things have happened. Like scoring seven goals in four games.
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