One of the players auditioning for a job on the final World Cup roster in the USA’s 4-2 loss to Czech Republic was striker Herculez Gomez .
Gomez is a 28-year-old forward who plays professionally in Mexico and just moments after he entered the game on Tuesday night, he pumped in a header to equalize with the Czech’s up 2-1. With the final roster for the 2010 World Cup team being unveiled this afternoon, we would like to present a simple two-part pitch to head coach Bob Bradley for Gomez’s inclusion…
1. He looks like a young Mariano Rivera
2. United States sports fans haven’t had a guy named Herculez to cheer for since the late Hercules Hernandez strapped on a chain and dominated the WWF in the '80s.
Now, we will concede that neither of those reasons really offer anything beneficial when building a soccer team, but still it’s tough to ignore a guy who looks like future Hall of Fame closer and, not only is named after a Roman mythic hero known for his strength, but is also ballsy enough to switch up the spelling a little by adding a "z" at the end.
Throw in the fact that he can actually find the back of the net occasionally and Herculez Gomez has to get on the roster.
Make it happen, Bob.